Alert sounded in Odisha after J&K terror attack

Bhubaneswar, Sep 19 (IANS) The Odisha Police has sounded alert across the state in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Uri army camp in Jammu & Kashmir that killed 17 soldiers.

“Even though we have not received any specific intelligence input of a possible terrorist attack in the state, we do not want to take any chances. The security arrangements have been tightened at crucial places,” Odisha’s Director General of Police K.B. Singh told reporters here on Monday.

He said security has been tightened at airports, bus stands, railway stations and all vital installations in the coastal region.

Besides, the state police chief said, security has also been beefed up at army bases in the state, police armouries, Shree Jagannath temple in Puri, Paradip Port, Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur and Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar.

Further, the police has made elaborate security arrangements at the state assembly and the Secretariat, Singh added.

The monsoon session of the state assembly is scheduled to begin on September 21.

Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissioner Y.B. Khurania also affirmed that they are prepared to handle any untoward incident in the capital city and in Cuttack.

Meanwhile, a senior official of the state’s Intelligence Wing has said that there is no possibility of any terrorist attack in Odisha. But, the Special Tactical Unit and the Special Operations Group have been kept in a state of readiness to deal with any attack.

–IANS

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