High security thrown around Tirumala, Tirupati on CM's visit

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Tirupati, Sep 14 (UNI) A thick security cover was put in place in the temple town of Tirumala, in connection with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's visit to offer sacred silk vasthrams to Lord Venkateswara on the first day of the nine-day Brahmotsavam begining tomorrow.

As part of the security excercise following the twin blasts in Hyderabad on August 25 and the recent Maoists abortive attack on former Chief Minister N Janardhan Reddy at Nellore, random checking of vehicles were being carried out by bomb detection squads and sniffer dogs at several places around the Tirumala hills.

Armed policemen were posted along the ghat road between Tirupati and Tirumala, while local TTD vigilance and security officials were working in coordination with the Special Protection Group.

Closed circuit cameras were installed at prime locations in the hill top besides deploying hundreds of police personnel in every nook and corner of Tirumala in view of threat perception to the temple where scores of pilgrims from all over the country and abroad would would converge during the Brahmotsavam festival.

After arriving from Hyderabad by a helicopter tomorrow, Dr Reddy would motor to Alipiri to lay the foundation stone for constructing the 13-lane security zone road. He would then proceed to Tirumala, where he would lay the foundation stone for construction of 95 laddu selling counters and inaugurate the conveyor belt for bringing laddus from the kitchen.

Later, the Chief Minister would present a pair of silk vasthrams on behalf of the state government to Lord Balaji around 2000 hrs on the eve of Dhwajarohanam, signifying the start of annual Brahmotsavam.

After an overnight stay at Tirumala, Dr Reddy would motordown to Tirupati, the next day to inaugurate Natural Products Reseach Division of the Sugen Life Sciences and declare open the new administration building of Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company at Biragipattedda and a guest house of Shildparamam at Urban Hatt.

Later, he would leave for Visakhapatnam by a special flight to inaugurate various development projects there.

UNI

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