IN VIEW of the visit of French President Francois Hollande on January 24 and the approaching Republic Day, security has been beefed up in the city.
On Tuesday, UT Inspector General of Police R K Upadhyay and Deputy Inspector General of Police A S Cheema took stock of the security arrangements at Taj Chandigarh in Sector 17 where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome Hollande.
A team of senior UT Police officers, led by the IG and DIG, reached the hotel around 12.30 pm and stayed in the hotel for around an hour. They checked security arrangements in and around the hotel. The IG directed the police officials to keep a check on all the roads leading to the hotel.
The police team also checked the site where the construction is going on for multi-level parking in Sector 17. The police said that commuters would not face any difficulty during the security drill.
The police took fingerprints and also collected all the details relating to the hotel staff and others working in and around Taj Chandigarh. The police officials said that it was a security measure and all the workers and hotel staff would be under the scanner during the visit.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) strengthened security at the Chandigarh Railway Station, which is being manned jointly by the Government Railway Police and RPF, in view of the Republic Day.
According to officials, the RPF deployed several personnel in civvies at the railway station to keep a vigil on the station. “We have taken several measures to enhance the security at the station,” said Inspector Gurjasbir Singh, SHO, RPF, Chandigarh Railway Station. “We have received directions from the higher authorities to increase security.”
An official at the railway station said that the RPF had also set up two bunkers around the railway station, where guarded men were deployed round the clock. “The RPF is jointly conducting random searches with GRP in the evening at the railway station parking as well,” the official said.
The GRP, however, called back a team of special commandos which was deployed at the station after the Pathankot attack.
Post-terror alert, security upped in Ambala, Panchkula
THE Ambala-Panchkula Commissionerate has beefed up security after receiving a terror alert about an attack between January 16 and 23.
Commissioner of Police, Ambala-Panchkula, O P Singh said, “We have received specific terror alert from intelligence sources that there could be a terror attack from January 16-23. It is a countrywide alert, following which we have strengthened the security measures in Ambala and Panchkula. The police will remain extra vigilant. Citizens should also co-operate with them and report any suspicious activity to the police.”
As per police sources, the intelligence agencies have alerted about a possible attack by a Bangladesh organisation, Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has got support from Indian Majahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba at 24 locations across the country from January 16-23.
“Since key defence establishments are located in Ambala and Panchkula, we have held meetings with them to upgrade the security. A crisis management group has been formed, and we have collaborated with other agencies to ensure that there is a co-ordinated security plan in place,” said Singh.
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