Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jan 22:
In the wake of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) report warning about a possible terror strike in Odisha by Pakistan based terror groups, commissionerate police has begun an elaborate exercise to plug any possible holes in security in the Twin City of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr RP Sharma said all possible measures are being taken to provide foolproof security to the citizenry against any possible attack.
“We get general alerts about threat perceptions in our country at regular intervals. But this time, there is specific intelligence input suggesting that a group of Lakshar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have planned to carry out a terror strike in four states, including Odisha,” the CP said.
As per agency inputs, the terrorists may try to target the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore district, he added.
“We are having a meeting this evning where all IICs, ACPs and DCPs of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar take part. We will take stock of the security preparednesss and decide on measures to be taken to plug any loophole,” Dr Sharma said.
Besides reviewing security arrangements, the meeting will also discuss othere issues like intelligence gathering and precautions needed in case of an actual attack, he said.
In 2013, two terrorists – one of them a Pakistani national and the other an Indian Mujaheedin (IM) acting chief had visited Bhubaneswar and Puri and had been subsequently arrested by the commissionerate police.
To respond effectively to the threat, police have taken basic measures like vigorous and extensive checking of all public places such as hotels, malls, lodges, airport, bus stands, railway stations and other possible targets of the terrorist modules, the CP informed.
If they (terrorists) choose sea routes, marine police and Coast Guard will meet the challenge, he added.