Police step up security ahead of Advani's yatra

Panaji: Police have stepped up security for BJP leader L K Advani's Jana Chetna Yatra during its Goa leg after a powerful pipe bomb was found on his route in Tamil Nadu.

More than 1,000 policemen will be manning the route and also provide security at public meetings to be addressed by the 83-year-old former deputy prime minister during his Goa tour, Superintendent of Police (North) Arvind Gawas said.

A five-feet long bomb, concealed by grass and a saree, was found under a bridge at Alampatti village on the outskirts of Madurai city yesterday morning, hours before Advani's yatra was to pass through the spot.

His yatra is expected to enter Goa on November 1 from Karnataka. He is scheduled to address two public meetings and attend half-a-dozen receptions before leaving for Maharashtra on November 2.

Goa Police held a review meeting last evening and reworked all arrangements in view of the bomb seizure.

Gawas said policemen would be posted along the entire route of the anti-corruption yatra.

Police presence would be increased at places where Advani is expected to mix with crowd or address gatherings, he said.

BJP leaders had earlier said that Advani, during the Goa leg of his tour, will take up issues like illegal mining in the tourist state.