Centre asks states to identify vulnerable areas
The government has directed the states to provide adequate security cover to sensitive areas.Updated: Mar 08, 2006 17:56 IST
In the wake of the Varanasi bomb blasts, the Centre has asked the states to identify places of worship and crowded public places, which are vulnerable to terror attacks.
The government has directed the states to provide adequate security cover to sensitive areas, highly placed sources said on Wednesday.
The Centre also suggested that those managing the places of worship explore the possibility of private security.
Since there is large number of temples, mosques, gurudwaras and churches across the country,
it may not be possible for security authorities to provide cover at all such places.
Central paramilitary forces like CRPF were giving protection to three key shrines in Uttar Pradesh.
These places included makeshift temple at Ayodhya, the temple in Mathura and Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi.
There was no central forces at the Sankatmochan temple where a bomb had exploded on Tuesday.
They said there were similarities between the twin blasts in Varanasi and the three explosions in Delhi on October 29 last which had been carried out by Pakistan- based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Both the bombs in Varanasi were kept in pressure cookers, the one in Sarojini Nagar in Delhi had also been planted in a pressiure cooker, they said.
First Published: Mar 08, 2006 17:56 IST