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Remain alert during polls: Chidambaram

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram asked security forces and police to remain on high alert in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections in view of the unrest in Pakistan.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2009 21:06 IST

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday asked security forces and police to remain on high alert in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections in view of the unrest in Pakistan.

"The turmoil in Pakistan is not giving us comfort and therefore security forces have to remain on high alert before and during the Lok Sabha elections," he told reporters in Jammu.

Asked whether New Delhi apprehends any infiltration before or during the elections, Chidambaram said when there is a turmoil in neighbouring state, there is also an uncertainty as to who will cross over to this side.

"Prudence requires that we remain on high alert as our neighbour is in difficulty," he said, adding that infiltration has been already at the lowest in Jammu and Kashmir as compared to previous years.

Replying to another question on the advisory issued by the Home Ministry to political leaders during elections, Chidambaram said they have to be careful when they move around, adding army and security forces will provide required protection to them.

He also assured appropriate action on the Bomai killings in Sopore area of the Kashmir Valley.