Kolkata: A general alert has been sounded in
West Bengal for Independence Day tomorrow and the state
government is putting in place a strict security bandobast on
"There is a general alert in the state although there is
no input of any specific threat. Security is enhanced for
Independence Day. It has been enhanced this year too," state
Chief Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters here.
BSF has been asked to increase vigil along the borders
and surveillance also increased in the Maoist-hit areas, he
IGP (Law and Order) Surajit Kar Purakayastha said
security has been increased in NSC Bose Airport, Kolkata and
Haldia ports, railway stations, shopping malls, vital
installations and places of worships.
Along with uniformed police personnel, those in plain
clothes are also being deployed in these areas, he said.
Control rooms have been opened in the districts to enable
the public to report unidentified or suspicious objects.
City police commissioner Goutam Mohan Chakraborty, who
visited the state secretariat to check security arrangements,
said police have been carrying out security drills in the city
for the past few days.