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Security beefed up

TIRUCHI: : Consequent to the terrorists attack in Ayodhya on Tuesday, security has been stepped up in the city as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order. An alert has been sounded to all officers to keep a strict vigil in their respective jurisdiction.

A senior police official here said night patrolling had been heightened in the wake of the Ayodhya incident. Four additional patrol vehicles had been introduced to keep vigil at different places.

The officers, he said, had been instructed to go on night rounds and pickets posted at sensitive places as part of the security arrangement. Instructions had also been given to the Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel at Tiruchi to check the luggage of passengers, the official said.

Huts gutted

Several thatched huts were destroyed in a fire that broke out at Inamdharthoppu in Thennur in the city on Tuesday. However, there was no casualty and none suffered injury.

Fire Service and Rescue Department sources here said the fire broke out in the evening in one of the huts and rapidly spread to the nearby ones. The occupants of the huts were all coolie workers who were engaged in underground drainage works. The fire, the sources said, broke out while food was being prepared in one of the temporary huts.

Two fire tenders took over an hour to douse the raging flames.

Man with illicit

arrack held

City Prohibition and Enforcement Wing (PEW) personnel on Tuesday arrested a 32-year-old man on the charge of possession of illicit arrack.

The police said 35 litres of illicit arrack was seized from Ondimuthu of Ariyavur. The PEW unit also seized a moped allegedly used for transporting the brew. The PEW has registered a case.

Mettur level

The level in the Mettur dam stood at 52.60 feet on Tuesday. The inflow was 139 cusecs and the discharge, 900 cusecs. — Staff Reporter.

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