Elaborate security arrangements for I-day celebration

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Patna, Aug 13 (UNI) The Bihar government has made elaborate security arrangements for Independence Day celebration in the state.

Sources at the state headquarters today said additional deployment of security personnel had been made in sensitive pockets and at public places.

Patrolling was being intensified all over the state and police had been directed to remain extra alert during the night.

Sources stated that vehicles were allowed to move only after proper security check, while suspected people were being thoroughly frisked.

The police stations situated along the border of adjoining Jharkhand had been directed to maintain round-the-clock vigil to foil the attempts of anti-social elements.

Apprehending disturbances by the Maoists during I-Day celebration, the government had issued a special directive to the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents of the extremist- dominated areas to keep a hawk eye on naxalite activities, sources informed.

Special deployment had been made in the extremism-affected districts, sources added.

The security personnel moving in the extremism-affected areas had been advised to use only pucca roads to avoid any landmine if planted by the ultra outfits.

Perusal of the facts revealed that the MaosistS mostly target the policemen and railways under their I-day celebration boycott call.

Instructions had been issued to the policemen to inform after spotting any suspicious object and asked to remain alert even after the I-Day celebration.

This apart, a general appeal had been made to the public to inform police in case they find an abandoned object.

In the wake of the instances of recovery of bombs in Patna and other parts of the state recently, the bomb-defusing squad had been kept stand-by and the cannine squad were also being pressed into service for foolproof security during the national festival.

Prohibitory orders would be promulgated on the occasion of the I- Day celebration, informed the sources.

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