High alert in West Bengal after Mumbai terror attacks

November 27th, 2008 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Nov 27 (IANS) Security has been beefed up and a high alert has been sounded across West Bengal after a series of terrorist attacks rocked Mumbai Wednesday night and left at least 101 people dead and 250 others injured.”We have already alerted all the districts. Additional police along with sniffer dogs and metal detectors have been deployed at all the rail stations,” state police inspector-general Raj Kanojia told IANS.

Kolkata police top brass Thursday had an emergency meeting with chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and home secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty here.

Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty said: “Metal detectors have been set up at all vital places in the city, especially at five-star hotels, shopping malls, multiplexes, airport and metro rail stations. There will be police picketing at all major road junctions and crowded places.”

He said every vehicle and person will be thoroughly checked before entering important places like hotels, malls and airport. “There will be heavy police security in and outside these places. Our officers have been instructed to report anything which appears suspicious.”

Tight security has been arranged especially for five-star hotels.

People entering hotels like Taj Bengal are not only undergoing a metal detector test but also sniffer dogs are checking them and their baggage thoroughly. Besides, a two-layer police security has been posted at the hotels. The number of security guards have also been increased.

No taxis, but only private vehicles are being allowed to enter the hotel premises.

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