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Intelligence Bureau chief visits Hyderabad

ESL Narasimhan met state Home Minister K Jana Reddy and held talks in connection with the security arrangements for the diaspora day.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 11:28 IST

Amid warnings of possible terrorists strikes, top officials of central intelligence and union home ministry are in the Andhra Pradesh capital to review security arrangements for two major events to be held here this month.

Director of Intelligence Bureau ESL Narasimhan met state Home Minister K Jana Reddy on Thursday and held talks in connection with the security arrangements for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and the Congress plenary.

The meeting assumes significance in the wake of a terror plot unearthed recently and arrest of several suspected terrorists here. It was following intelligence reports about possible terrorists attacks during the Congress plenary.

While three-day Pravasi Divas is scheduled to begin on Saturday, the Congress plenary will be held from January 21 to 23.

Top officials of the union home ministry are also visiting Hyderabad to review security arrangements for the mega events.

With Andhra Pradesh Police chief himself admitting that Hyderabad had become a 'comfort zone' for terrorists, the central and state authorities are taking no chances for the security of VIIPs attending the three-day conclave of Indian diaspora.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the conclave, to be attended by chief ministers of 12 states and several union ministers. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will also address the valedictory January 9. About 2,000 delegates from various countries are expected to attend.

The visit by the Intelligence Bureau came a day after a high-level meeting was held in New Delhi to review security arrangements. Director General of Andhra Pradesh Police Swaranjit Sen also attended.

Alarmed over the terror plot unearthed recently and arrests of several suspects including one allegedly involved in attack on the Indian Institute of Sciences in Bangalore December 28, the home ministry wanted to know from the state about the measures being taken to provide security to participants, especially VVIPs.

Last week, police had unearthed a plot to blast police headquarters and Hitec City, an IT hub by arresting two terrorists of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed. Earlier, it had arrested Mujeeb Ahmed, local commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and three terrorists involved in suicide bomb attack on police Task Force headquarters in October last year.

A policeman and a suicide bomber were killed in the attack. Three days ago, a suspected terrorist was arrested from Nalgonda in connection with the Bangalore attack.

Tight security arrangements are already in place for the ongoing 93rd Indian Science Congress here. Hundreds of policemen have been deployed at Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University, the venue of the meet.

While the state authorities have reportedly conveyed to the central government that the state police could take care of the security at Pravasi Divas on its own, they would require central paramilitary forces for security at the Congress meet.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, chief ministers of all Congress-ruled states, several central and state ministers will attend the three-day plenary. About 10,000 delegates from different parts of the country are also expected to be present.