Terror input: NDA screens campus to weed out any threat

The National Defence Academy,where security has been stepped up to thwart and threat from outside following intelligence inputs on movement of suspected LeT men in and around the city.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: May 11, 2012 3:31:40 am

The National Defence Academy (NDA),where security has been stepped up to thwart and threat from outside following intelligence inputs on movement of suspected LeT men in and around the city,is now carrying out an internal security exercise on campus to screen and cross-check identities of those on peripheral jobs like gardening and sweeping.

Security at important and sensitive installations,including the NDA,was stepped up following intelligence inputs of movement of five Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in the city.

After the issue was discussed at a meeting of senior Pune police officials,information on suspects and their photos were reportedly passed on to individual police stations and other branches of the city police. Security at NDA and other military establishments was tightened after the inputs. A team from the Pune Anti Terrorism Cell (PATC) of the crime branch is investigating the matter.

On Wednesday,a senior officer with the crime branch said,“The NDA is carrying out an internal security round up of its premises. They are verifying identities of people working as sweepers and gardners,those working at laundries and the maintenance staff. They handed over two persons to us based on suspicion,whom we released after preliminary inquiry.” The team is led by Sunil Tambe,inspector with PATC.

An NDA officer said,“Security checks are regular at NDA.” He refused to comment on two persons being handed over to police.

Sanjeevkumar Singhal,joint commissioner of police,said,“We appeal to people to not just focus on the five photos published,but be generally aware. They should immediately contact the police control room in case they come across any suspicious movement.”

Security increased across city

After the intelligence inputs security across the city has been stepped up. Senior officers said barricades have been erected at crucial entry and exit points. Joint commissioner Sanjeevkumar Singhal said,“If people spot unattended baggage or objects,they should immediately contact police.” Police officials said patrolling in all parts of the city has been increased. When asked about closed circuit cameras being made mandatory in hotels and restaurants,Singhal said,“This is not specified in the Licenses Act. But for the past two to three years,we have been making hotel and restaurant owners install CCTV cameras while issuing permits.”

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