Saturday, March 21, 2009

Centre issues security alert

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 21 Mar 2009 01:39:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 21 Mar 2009 12:40:36 PM IST

KOCHI: In the backdrop of the intelligence inputs that terrorists and naxalites are planning to unleash a wave of terror to derail the election process in the country, the Centre has issued an alert to prevent any terror strike during the elections including rallies to be attended by top political leaders.

Sources in the police department said the intelligence coordination between the state police and the central intelligence wing had been strengthened to make sure that all minute details collected by the intelligence officers from the field go well scrutinised.

Sources said the Home Ministry had directed all the police chiefs of the states to initiate security steps like manual frisking, putting door-framed metal detectors and total sanitisation of the venues where top leaders would address the gathering.

The Ministry had also asked the states to ensure installation of CCTVs at the venues.

State Director General of Police (DGP) Jacob Punnose said the Centre had been issuing timely alert to the state after assessing the intelligence inputs.

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