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Bihar on high alert ahead of Republic Day

patna Updated: Jan 22, 2010 20:23 IST
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The state police have sounded high alert throughout the state following the arrest of a suspected terrorist with international links from Purnia, 240 km north-east of Patna bordering Nepal and Bangladesh, ahead of the Republic Day.

The senior police officials and sleuths of the state intelligence agencies are on alert after the arrest of Ghulam Rasool alias Khan Mirza from a train in Purnia district last week. Khan was caught by the Special Task Force personnel while trying to sneak into Bangladesh from Nepal through Bihar.

"Yes, we are on maximum alert. We are also aware of the situation arising out of the recent arrest of suspected terrorists and top-ranking leaders of the Maoist outfits. Necessary instructions have been issued to the senior police officials posted in the districts bordering Nepal and the Maoist affected areas," said Additional Director General of Police (headquarters) US Dutt.

Dutt said intelligence received from all quarters are being monitored and analysed by the senior police officers. Beside, the police force is being strengthened and the number of police pickets is being increased in sensitive districts. Patrolling has also been intensified, he said, adding, "activities of the most wanted criminals operating in bordering areas are under the surveillance of the security agencies."

The state police headquarters has also instructed the officials posted in the bordering districts to keep a close watch on the people coming from Nepal and vice versa.

"We have also strengthened our border outposts in the wake of the recent arrests," said SK Sarangi, Staff Officer of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which has been assigned to guard the 714-km porous Indo-Nepal border.

What has perturbed the officials of the security agencies is the motive of Mirza's visit to Bihar.

"Though we have succeeded in obtaining information about his dalliance with the Taliban in Afghanistan, the real purpose of his visit to this country is not yet clear. The other unsolved mystery is as to who provided him board in the region close to Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bangladesh borders," said a police officer associated with the investigations.