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Tuesday Terror: State put on high alert

FOLLOWING THE bomb explosions in Varanasi, the State Government sounded a Statewide high alert on Tuesday night. Special instructions were issued to nearly a dozen communally sensitive districts.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 02:25 IST

FOLLOWING THE bomb explosions in Varanasi, the State Government sounded a Statewide high alert on Tuesday night. Special instructions were issued to nearly a dozen communally sensitive districts.

Additional director general (Law and Order) A Palanivel said instructions were issued to all districts to tighten security in sensitive areas. Apart from beefing up security in Ayodhya and Mathura, policemen were also deployed around prominent temples in all the major cities. In view of the gravity of the situation, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav rushed PWD Minister Shiv Pal Singh Yadav, along with senior officers, including principal secretary (Home) Alok Sinha, director general of police Yashpal Singh, director general, PAC, Bua Singh, ADG (Law and Order) A Palanivel and the IG STF to Varanasi. The government also dispatched a team of commandos and STF men to supervise the operations there.

Ruling out the possibility of seeking Central help, the chief minister said senior officers had been tasked to control the situation quickly. Appealing for calm, the chief minister said the State’s security forces had crushed the July 5 attack on Ayodhya within a few hours and the police would also expose the nefarious designs of the criminals in Varanasi.

Meanwhile, the Centre has asked the UP government to ensure there is no communal backlash following the explosions. In a telephonic conversation with the CM, Union home minister Shivraj Patil is believed to have agreed to provide additional funds and resources to beef up security in the three cities.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 02:25 IST