August 13, 2013 3:33:37 am
Following an intelligence alert that 13 terrorists may have entered Valsad to carry out attacks around the Independence Day,the police have stepped up security at vital installations in Vadodara.
Since Saturday,policemen have been instructed to carry out night patrol and combing operations in various areas as well as check all incoming vehicles into the city.
According to police officials,security has been beefed up as per the standard operating procedure at all sensitive and vital installations that could be on the target of the terrorists. The vital installations,according to officers,include government offices,hospitals,state highways as well as the Gujarat refinery which is on the hit-list of terrorists.
An officer said,The refinery as well as historic government offices are the most critical installations. We are also tightening security at hospitals as these could be soft targets.
Since the police received a warning to remain alert in the wake of information that 13 terrorists have landed in Valsad via the sea route,a chain of police check posts have been put up to scan all vehicular movement. Sources in the police say that the traffic department has been instructed to crack down on all suspicious vehicles that could be moving around the city.
Special units of the city are carrying out night combing operations in sensitive areas to restrain any hatching of terror conspiracies or facilitating movement of suspected terrorists. Several plain clothes police personnel have been deployed at bus stands and railway station.
S K Gadhvi,DCP (Administration & Crime),said,The input is very serious and we are extra vigilant. The 14 vantage checkpoints have been instructed to remain watchful during specific hours in the night and verify the identities of incoming vehicles to ensure that the movement of terrorists is not unrestrained. If they decide to make way towards the city,we will nab them.
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