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Pune tech firms on terror alert

Security increases at Kalyani Nagar, another IT hub and at Viman Nagar and Lohegaon airport, reports Satyajit Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 04:40 IST

Security at Pune’s Hinjewadi Information Technology (IT) park has been increased after the police received information that the offices of software majors Infosys and Wipro might face a terror attack. The Bangalore police sent the alert after the arrest of an alleged terrorist, Imran Jalal, there last Friday.

“We are in constant dialogue with officials of IT companies to take certain security measures. We have taken all precautionary measures,” said Dhananjay Jadhav, Pune Police Commissioner.

Jadhav told the Hindustan Times that patrolling and general security in the area had been enhanced following the inputs from Bangalore.

Jalal is understood to have told the Bangalore police that he had already visited Infosys and Wipro in Pune while he was travelling from Kashmir to Karnataka. He was apparently sent to Karnataka to survey the same companies’ offices in Bangalore.

A day after his arrest, the Bangalore police on Saturday recovered an AK-56 assault rifle, 200 live rounds of ammunition, five hand grenades and two magazines of AK-56 at his residence.

Security has also been increased at Kalyani Nagar, another IT hub and at Viman Nagar and Lohegaon airport. Jadhav said the police have asked all IT companies in the city to enhance security.

Sources said security was also up at major shopping malls near IT companies as a precautionary measure.

Besides, Quick Reaction Team (QRT) have also been deployed in other areas where IT companies are located.

Sources at IT companies confirmed receiving the terror alert from the police.
One company official said on condition of anonymity, that employees of the company have been asked to be alert following police instructions.

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