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Nationwide red alert sounded

EDGY GOVERNMENTS across the country issued alerts immediately after blasts ripped through the sacred town of Varanasi. Directions to bolster security at key installations were issued and extra vigil ordered around temples.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 02:33 IST

EDGY GOVERNMENTS across the country issued alerts immediately after blasts ripped through the sacred town of Varanasi. Directions to bolster security at key installations were issued and extra vigil ordered around temples.

In Uttar Pradesh, already on the boil after the Lucknow violence, the government sounded a high alert across the state. Special instructions were issued to nearly a dozen communally sensitive districts.

Security was beefed up in sensitive Ayodhya, Mathura and around prominent temples in all major cities.

The Mulayam Singh Yadav government despatched PWD minister Shiv Pal Singh Yadav with a team of senior police officers and bureaucrats to Varanasi. The government has also sent a team of commandoes and STF men to supervise the operation in Varanasi. Mulayam has ruled out seeking central help and assured the people that the situation will be brought under control, as was done after the Ayodhya attack.

A red alert was sounded in neighbouring Delhi and security personnel have been asked to step up vigil. After the blasts, Delhi police chief K.K. Paul asked his force to take all precautionary measures. District DCPs have been directed to instructsubordinate officers to be on high alert. The police will carry out random checks at guesthouses and hotels.

Additional forces are being deployed around famous temples, railway stations, metro stations, airports, the Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT), market places and other vital installations.

Besides, PCR vans have been asked to intensify patrolling and additional police pickets have been placed all over the Capital, said an officer.

All trains are being subjected to anti-sabotage (AS) checks, and dog and bomb disposal squads have been asked to strictly check all trains leaving and arriving in Delhi.

Similarly, security has been notched up at religious places in West Bengal, and an alert has been sounded statewide in view of the blasts in Varanasi.

High alert has been sounded in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat too.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 02:33 IST