Govt reviews security ahead of R- Day

Ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit next month, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday chaired an inter-ministerial meeting of top government officials to review the security situation in the country.

The meeting, which came days after a low-intensity blast outside a restaurant in Bengaluru, saw the attendance of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Sujata Singh, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and top officials of the Home Ministry and intelligence agencies

The Army chief told reporters after the meeting that the security scenario in the country was discussed. According to sources, there were discussions about the blast on Church Street in Bengaluru on Sunday, the recent violence in Assam perpetrated by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland and the security situation in India’s neighbourhood.

The security arrangements for Republic Day are also believed to have been discussed threadbare.

The Centre had a fortnight ago alerted states against the “heightened possibility” of a terror attack against the backdrop of Obama’s visit. Obama will be chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in Delhi on January 26.

The states were asked to remain on “very high alert” till the end of January and take all measures towards “target hardening” vulnerable places and installations. In the letter to states, the Union Home Ministry also told the state security apparatus to keep Quick Response Teams at the ready during the period to meet any eventuality.

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