Step up security at places of worship: Khanna

August 20th, 2008 - 4:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna has urged that security be increased at places of worship including temples, mosques and gurdwaras, especially during the festive season in the wake of recent terror attacks in Bangalore and Ahmedabad. “We received a letter last week from the lieutenant governor, appealing to us to take steps to increase security around religious places during the festival season, especially on occasions when there are large crowds,” said V.K. Mishra, the administrator in charge at the capital’s Laxmi Narayan temple, popularly called Birla temple.

“The letter said that terror outfits are making religious places their easy targets and steps should be taken to ensure security at temples, mosques and gurdwaras,” Mishra told IANS.

The Birla Temple management has already written to Delhi Police for extra personnel during the Janmashtami festival Aug 24.

“We have increased the demand for security personnel this year and have asked for 3,000 police staff including women cops round the clock on Janmashtami,” Mishra said.

The temple has already put up 16 CCTV cameras and two metal detectors to keep a close watch on visitors, he added.

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