Security beefed up in Bengal after serial blasts

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Kolkata, Jul 28 (UNI) Security was beefed up in Kolkata and several other areas of West Bengal today as the state Government sounded a high alert following the serial blasts in Ahmedabad and Bangalore.

A strong posse of policemen took control of Howrah station where bomb squads and sniffer dogs were engaged while large number of security personnel were deployed at long distance bus terminals and shopping malls.

'' We have taken all possible precautionary measures. A strict vigil is being maintained, especially in vulnerable areas like railway stations, bus terminals and market places,'' Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty said.

He said in these places, baggages of people were being frisked, if felt necessary and security had been tightened in and around vital installations, including the Howrah bridge, connecting the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah.

Yesterday a high level meeting of senior officials, including Home Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty to finalise the details of both long and short term security measures.

The meeting was attended, among others, by Director General of state police A B Vora and the Police Commissioner of Kolkata Police.

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