Gujarat police on 'stand to' following terror alert

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat police have been asked to be on 'stand to' in the wake of an alert issued by the Central intelligence agencies over a possibility of a terror strike in the state, a top police official said.

"All forces in major cities and across the state have been put on 'stand to' mode following the terror alert issued by the Centre," ADGP (Law and Order) SK Sinha said to a news agency.

He said that quick response teams (QRTs) in major cities, special operation groups (SOGs) in districts and Chetak commandos have been alerted and deployed at strategic positions across the state.

"Checking of suspected vehicles, and those at entry and exits of cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot have been initiated," Sinha said.

These cities have also been provided with additional units of state reserve police (SRP), he said, adding that additional SRP has been provided to the railways also.

The ADGP said that marine police along the coastline of the state have also been put on high alert. They would be patrolling the sea. "Besides this, the centre has also alerted the Coast Guard which has already increased patrolling along the coastline," he added.

Security across the state had been increased following an anonymous letter received by intelligence agencies threatening of triggering a bomb blast in Gujarat on May 25. Following this, alert has been sounded by the Centre to respective state intelligence agencies.

Gujarat shares both land and sea borders with neighbouring Pakistan.