Terror threat: Security tightened in AP

The police are carrying out intensive frisking and checking of vehicles. The Hyderabad police commissioner on Thursday had put the city on high alert after receiving intelligence alert that three terrorists had crossed into Pakistan with the objective of striking major southern cities. The police alerted the people and places like movie theatres, shopping malls, railway stations and bus stations were asked to take maximum steps to ensure security.

The security has also been enhanced around several important places in Hyderabad, including the state secretariat, the police chief’s office, the legislative assembly and the historic Mecca Masjid near Charminar in the Old City which had been targeted in 2007.

About 50 people were killed in the bomb attacks on Mecca Masjid, Lumbini Park and an eatery in Kothi, one of the most crowded places in the city, in 2007. Heightened surveillance has been mounted in public places and homes of the ministers and the VIPs.

A red alert has been sounded in Tirupati fearing a strike at the temple in Tirumala. Every vehicle headed for Tirumala is being closely checked at Alipiri. Security at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota too has been taken to new levels.

Meanwhile, the two men, picked up by the police during their searches on Friday, were released on Saturday after they were found innocent. They were businessmen from Raichur in Karnataka.  AP Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy has assured the people that the police were fully equipped to deal with any emergency.

DH News Service

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