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Vidhan Bhawan in terror crosshairs

TAKING A belated note on various intelligence reports that the Vidhan Bhawan is on terror hit list, the State Government has now decided to revamp the existing security system of the building and a few other important Government buildings in its vicinity.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 02:13 IST

Govt cancels passes issued by legislators

TAKING A belated note on various intelligence reports that the Vidhan Bhawan is on terror hit list, the State Government has now decided to revamp the existing security system of the building and a few other important Government buildings in its vicinity.

For the starters, a ban has been imposed on the entry of people accompanying legislators, who have been informed that all the passes issued by them have been cancelled with immediate effect.

This was done after Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav convened a meeting of leaders of all the major parties here this morning.

Yadav, according to a leader who attended the meeting, asked them to verify identity and background of the people before issuing Secretariat passes to them from their respective quota. He urged the leaders to cooperate in implementation of the new security arrangements, which was being chalked out.

Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey also held a meeting with the security officers and reviewed the security arrangements and issued specific instructions that no leniency should be shown in the implementation of the security plan.

The chief secretary also held a meeting with ADG (Security) RK Bhaita and others this morning on the issue and issued instructions in this regard.

Sources said the Government was so far not taking various Centre and State intelligence reports about threat to the Vidhan Bhawan seriously. But the terrorist attack on the Sankat Mochan Temple in Varanasi had force it to come out of its slumber andreview the security arrangement.

Some shops around the Vidhan Bhawan and Annexe had been identified which would be closed down or shifted to other places while special attention would now be paid on parking lots. The number of security personnel deployed in the Vidhan Bhawan, particularly when the assembly is in session, is also being increased.

The State Government is in a fix over another recommendation that permission should be given for frisking even journalists and legislators, if need be.

However, it is to be seen how legislators, who normally issue passes to anybody and everybody, are dealt on the issue. There have been occasions when even the followers of the legislators have issued passes to their friends on behalf of the legislators.

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 02:13 IST