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Security at vital places in M'rashtra reviewed

The meeting was held in the backdrop of intelligence reports that terrorist groups were planning to strike vital installations.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2006 22:36 IST

Maharashtra Chief Secretary DK Shankaran on Wednesday reviewed security measures at all vital installations in the state, including Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, at a high-level meeting at the secretariat in Mumbai.

The meeting was held in the backdrop of intelligence reports that terrorist groups were planning to strike vital installations, official sources said.

The meeting at Mantralaya was attended among others by Director General of Police PS Pasricha, Police Commissioner AN Roy and officials of BARC and Department of Atomic Energy.

Shankaran was briefed about the security measures undertaken at various important places, the sources said.

"BARC security has already been beefed up with maximum alertness following a tip-off by the Central government about a possible suicide attack on BARC by the Pakistan-based LeT," Chief Security officer of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), NC Gop, told reporters on Tuesday.

Security at BARC was stepped up since 1993 after serial bomb blasts in the city and further tightened after May 2000 when it was declared as a strategic laboratory.

Since June 1 this year, the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), which was manning the periphery of BARC, has been replaced by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

Inside BARC too, CISF has been deployed from June 1 to assist in the internal security as they are well-trained in combating terrorist attacks, Gop had said.

CISF commandos have been widely posted at all the watch towers in BARC and private vehicles are not allowed inside the administrative buildings of BARC and NPCIL, Gop said.

"We are constantly reviewing the multi-level security arrangements of BARC at Trombay as well as in Tarapur and also upgrading them," Banerjee told reporters.

With the constant threat perception, Centre's industrial security force has replaced the state reserve police force which has been helping BARC's own security force from June 1 much before the July 11 serial bomb blasts, he said.

"However, constant review of security takes place from time to time and even today Maharashtra government is reviewing the security at BARC," he said.

"All the sensitive places have installed surveillance cameras and posed security guards everywhere and each one of us are keeping constant vigil," he added.