Police resort to river patrolling to keep check on Taj MahalApril 19th, 2009 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI
Agra, Apr 19 (ANI): Police have decided to conduct river patrolling around the Taj Mahal to thwart any security threat to the memorial.
The police have acquired two motorboats to conduct patrolling in the Yamuna River, flowing by the Taj to keep any threat emanating from the river side at bay.
But due to less level of water in the river these days, they are forced to make use of the conventional rowing boats to patrol the area surrounding Taj.
But, one the water level rises, these newly acquired motor boats will be used to conduct speedy patrolling in the Yamuna.
“We have acquired two motorboats as threat was anticipated from water. These boats would be used for patrolling. The level of water in the river is low these days. So, we are making use of pickets only to keep watch on the monument. As soon as the water level rises in the river, we will start using these boats,” said Prem Prakash, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Agra.
Security has become a major concern for authorities after the Mumbai attacks and also in view of the ongoing polls in the country.
Taj Mahal has always been equipped with ample security measures to protect the monument.
The river patrolling is another attempt by the security agencies to cover the monument and protect it from any threat. (ANI)
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