Security for Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik was beefed up on Tuesday after police were tipped off about four suspected terrorists holing up in a hotel near the railway station in Bhubaneswar.
The suspected terrorists who claimed to be Iraqi citizens, however, managed to give the police a slip and escaped before the hotel was raided. The police suspect the four had plans to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations in the state capital.
“The four suspected terrorists had come to Bhubaneswar in a car bearing a New Delhi registration number and checked into the hotel identifying themselves as Iraqi nationals. They fled the hotel after the hotel staff asked for identity proof. The number plate of the car was found to be fake,” police commissioner RP Sharma said.
The police recovered a hard disc from the room where the foreigners stayed, questioned the hotel staff and also examined the CCTV footage for further clues. A number of police teams also raided several places in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in this regard.
In view of the Republic Day, the police earlier had set up a four-tier security in Bhubaneswar and sounded a high alert across the state.