Security tightened at Odisha defence establishments

Published: 27th June 2012 09:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th October 2012 11:53 AM   |  A+A-

Security screw in and around the defence establishments in Odisha's Balasore and Bhadrak districts was tightened on Wednesday in the wake of an attack threat from the Jihadi outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

While additional forces have been deployed in the defence establishments here, patrolling along the roads leading to these units and the eastern sea coast has been intensified.

Assam DGP Jayanta Narayan Choudhury had on Tuesday warned that the LeT was planning attacks on the missile test range and Rath Yatra in Odisha besides making fresh recruitments in the Northeast for the purpose.

Balasore houses defence institutions like Integrated Test Range (ITR), Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE) and Military Engineering Service (MES) while another missile launching complex is located in Wheeler Island off the Bhadrak coast.

Source said, with the deployment of Quick Reaction Teams, all-round security has been beefed up in PXE and ITR from where a number of sophisticated rockets and missiles are tested every year.

A defence official said entry of outsiders and visitors has been totally banned while only authorized card holders are being allowed to enter. Similarly thorough checking and patrolling along the Range road connecting Balasore with Chandipur has been intensified.

"The defence establishments usually stay alerted all round the year, but after the intelligence inputs over the possible attack by the LeT militants we have tightened the security crew a few notches more," he added.

According to the sources, the defence establishments here are ringed by two tiers of security forces - one by Defence Security Forces (DSF) and another by the state police. Ten platoons Defence Security Core (DSC) are deployed in the ITR while another six platoons of home guards are also here to assist them. Similarly, nine platoons of DSC and three platoons of home guards have been put on alert in PXE.

Usually the defence-armed forces guard the inside areas of these defence establishments while the home guards of State police department oversee the surrounding areas.

ITR director MVKV Prasad said they have taken the threat seriously and made the arrangements accordingly to deal with any eventuality. “The security inside the defence establishments here always remains tightened. All the security personnel have been alerted about the threat perception and asked to remain more vigilant,” he added. 

Meanwhile, tight security arrangements also have been made at the railway stations of both the coastal districts. A railway protection force (RPF) official said luggage of the suspected passengers are being properly checked and passengers have been asked to report if they found any substance or boxes in mysterious condition at the platform and inside the trains.

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