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MHA issues terror advisory, Odisha on alert

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 13:

Acting on the advisory issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in view of possible terror strikes, the Odisha government today sounded alert in all the districts in the state to remain vigilant during this festive season.

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As per the MHA alert, five Pakistani terrorists have entered into the country. Based on intelligence inputs, the ministry has issued a country-wide advisory asking all states to deploy additional forces in crowded places like markets, railway stations, bus terminus and religious sites to foil any attempt by terrorists to carry out any attack.

Crowded puja pandals and immersion processions also remain soft targets for the anti-national elements and a special watch on pandals, procession routes and venues of immersion would be desirable to prevent communal incidents and other law and order problems, the advisory said.

The home ministry particularly told police forces of major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad to be extra vigilant during the upcoming festival of Navratri, Durga Puja, Dussehra and Moharram beginning on Tuesday.

Although there is no such specific advisory to Odisha, the officials have been asked to remain alert to foil any attack on vital installations. The Twin City Commissioner and the SPs of the coastal districts of Balasore and Puri have been asked to remain on toes keeping in view the vital installations in these districts, a top official said.

As Dussehra is a major festival in the state, the officials have been instructed to keep a hawk’s eye on troublemakers to ensure smooth passage of the over a weeklong event, the official added.

Notably, Jagannath Temple in Puri and country’s elite defence establishment Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in Balasore are among the two important places in the state which have been on the terror radar.

Earlier in January this year, the Centre had warned of possible terror strike in states including Odisha ahead of the Republic Day celebrations.