Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Stepped up security for MNCs in Hyderabad

Hyderabad | October 12, 2005 4:15:06 PM IST

Police will step up vigil at multinational firms in this Andhra Pradesh capital following a warning by the US embassy in New Delhi about possible terrorist attacks on US establishments in India.
A police official of the Cyberabad Police, whose jurisdiction extends to areas surrounding Hyderabad, said adequate security arrangements were in place for multinational companies and foreigners working for them.

"We will take extra security arrangements in view of this warning but there is no need for panic," said the official.

He said patrolling in the Hitec City, which house most MNCs, and surrounding areas would be intensified to keep a vigil on any suspicious activity.

Cyberabad Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy reviewed the security already being provided to MNCs.

The US embassy Tuesday warned American citizens of a "possible threat" of terror attacks, including suicide car bombings, against US interests in India, particularly Hyderabad, New Delhi and Mumbai.

The warning came after the US intelligence reportedly intercepted an email that hinted at possible attacks on their establishments in India.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner A.K. Mohanty also said adequate security was in place for MNCs and foreign nationals working there.

He said the warning could be a routine advisory issued by the US government from time to time to its nationals all over the world.

"Police are always on alert. Tight security is already in place for the current festival season," he said.

While the US embassy issues travel advisories to its citizens from time to time, this is the first time that Hyderabad figured in the list of cities facing a terrorist threat.

This city is home to about 700 companies in which the US has direct or indirect interests. They include Microsoft, Dell, HSBC, GE, Google and Deloitte.

In addition to the security provided by police, these companies have their own security set-up, which they claim is foolproof.

In October 2001 Maoist guerillas had attacked a Coca-Cola plant in Guntur district and threatened to attack other MNCs.


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