Agra DM denies breach in security
THE AGRA police and the CISF have made adequate security arrangements in and around the Taj Mahal and there has not been any security breach so far, claimed Agra district Magistrate Sanjay Prasad while denying allegations that recently hundreds of people had twice entered the Taj Mahal premises bypassing the security check.india Updated: Aug 30, 2006 01:06 IST
THE AGRA police and the CISF have made adequate security arrangements in and around the Taj Mahal and there has not been any security breach so far, claimed Agra district Magistrate Sanjay Prasad while denying allegations that recently hundreds of people had twice entered the Taj Mahal premises bypassing the security check.
The district magistrate, who is directly responsible for security and safety of the Taj Mahal in the wake of terrorist threats, said that no ceremony other than offering of Namaz on Fridays that too not by more than 500 local Muslims is allowed in the premises. He said an American couple was immediately arrested when they tried to organise Nikaha in the mosque a few days back.
Talking to Hindustan Times on Tuesday Prasad said that nobody is allowed entry into the Taj premises without being properly checked and frisked. Although there might have been occasions when more than the desired number of people were allowed entry but even in that case there was no compromise on security, he said.
He, however, admitted that during the three-day Urs of Shahjahan, which concluded last week, more than the desired number of visitors had entered the Taj Mahal but it was done with the consent of the security personnel and no compromise was made on security. Recently, on another occasion thousands of tourists returning from Ajmer Sharif visited the mosque situated in the premises of the historical monument but even they were allowed after taking all security precautions.
“About 40,000 to 50,000 people visit the Taj on Sundays but everybody is allowed after proper security check”, he said adding, “a blueprint for foolproof security to the Taj was ready and discussion were on with the Central Government and the ASI for its final approval and implementation.”
Making similar claims, Agra SP (city) Gulab Singh said in addition to one company of the PAC, two constables with SLR were deployed at all the seven barriers in and around the Taj Mahal. Besides, local thana/chauki police and CISF personnel were deployed in adequate numbers at every vantage point and there was no question of any laxity in the security of the historical monument, he said.