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Pune blast fallout: Security tightened around Goa Carnival

Last Updated: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 15:19

Panaji: The ongoing Carnival parades in Goa
will now be under severe security scanner after Pune bomb
blast which is an indicator that soft targets are on
terrorists` radar, senior police officer said here on Sunday.

The carnival parades, showcasing floats, dancer and
fancily dressed artists, is a three-day event began Sunday and
would be held in major cities across the state.

"We have strengthened the security around Carnival
festival. There are three more days left for the festivities,"
deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ravindra Yadav said.

The event organised by the state tourism department had been
a huge crowd drawer with around 50,000 people basking in
festivities in each city daily.

State police, after smooth conduct of parade in Panaji
this Sunday, are now wary about the parades in cities of
Margao, Mapusa and Vasco, lined up for next three days.

A senior police officer said that since scanning every
person taking part in the carnival is not possible plain
clothed policemen would be posted in the crowd as a precautionary
measure.

Key police officials who held an emergency meeting last
evening after Pune blast have asked district heads to heighten
the security apparatus around susceptible spots.

"Entire staff has been put on high alert. We have
directed them to take anti terrorist measures including
anti-sabotage checking at crowded places," Yadav said.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 15:19
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