After Mumbai, terror alert in Karnataka ahead of New Year
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Last Updated: Monday, December 27, 2010, 15:00
  
Bangalore: Security was Monday intensified in Karnataka, particularly in coastal areas, after a terror alert was sounded by central intelligence agencies.

"A high alert has been sounded in the state, especially in coastal districts following an alert from the Centre", Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa told reporters after chairing a meeting with top officials of Home Department here.

These agencies had warned that terror outfits might target places of worship and crowded spots in parts of the state, particularly those thronged by foreigners for New Year celebrations, official sources said.

However, Yeddyurappa said there were no reports about terrorists infiltrating into the state.

He said a 550-member strong para-military force provided by the Centre was stationed here for deployment during exigency.

Security and vigil had been scaled up in coastal areas. Police also tightened security at all reservoirs and malls following the alert.

State Home Minister R Ashok, Chief Secretary SV Ranganath, City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari, Principal Home Secretary KM Shivakumar and others attended the meeting.

High-alert in Mumbai, Gujarat

The threat to Karnataka comes even as a heightened level of vigil is being maintained in Mumbai and Ahmedabad in view of reports that Lashkar-e-Toiba militants are on the lookout to carry out terror strikes in these two cities.

With PTI inputs


First Published: Monday, December 27, 2010, 15:00


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