Bhubaneswar: In an effort to strengthen the security preparedness in case of terror attacks in the state, a three-member National Security Guards (NSG) team on Wednesday met and held discussions with DGP KB Singh at his office here.
Reportedly, the DGP said it was a routine visit in the wake of terror attacks on Amarnath pilgrims by militants in Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir following which a high alert has been imposed across the country to remain alert to prevent any further attack.
Odisha is also on the radar of terror outfits; and recently, Al-Oaeda and SIMI operatives have been nabbed from the State. In this scenario, the NSG team held discussions regarding security of vital and sensitive installations in the State like the Puri Jagannath Temple, State Secretariat and Assembly and vital defence installations. Though the State police have a counter-terror team, they do not have practical experience of combating the battle-hardened Jehadis.
Besides, the State has a porous 480-km-long coastline. Though some Marine police stations have been set up to maintain vigil, the personnel are still ill-quipped and an adequate number of personnel are yet to be recruited.