The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to sanction more forces and technological solutions for three disputed religious sites in Uttar Pradesh following a request by the state government.
Security at the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi and Krishna Janambhoomi in Mathura will be enhanced following a security audit, which suggested gaps in the present system.
The three sites are being guarded by the Central reserve Police Force (CRPF), which works under the MHA.
The decision was taken at a meeting held Thursday chaired by Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami. It was attended by DGP of CRPF Dilip Trivedi, Uttar Pradesh DGP A L Banerjee, Principal Secretary (Home) Deepak Singh Singhal among others.
More CCTV cameras and other electronic devices will be put in place as per the new security drill which will be carried out at the religious sites. CRPF, which is guarding the sites, has been asked to deploy more forces and remain alert round-the-clock to foil any possible attempt by terrorists to attack these sites.
Ayodhya and Varanasi had witnessed terror attacks in the past.
“The meeting was not called due to any specific intelligence alert but to improve the present security situtation at the three religious sites. One of the suggestions was the installing biometric machines at the entrance gates. We are looking into the details,” said a senior official, who attended the meeting.