Orissa govt to protect 12th century Jagannath temple

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Bhubaneswar, Aug 20 (UNI) The Orissa government has planned to set up X-ray, baggage checking, scanner machines and Jammer outside the Jagannath temple in Puri to protect the world famous 12th century edifice from any possible attack by insurgents.

Replying to a question of MLA Aswini Kumar Patra (Congress), state Law Minister B B Harichandan told the House today that the government was aware of the apprehension of lakhs of devotees about possible attack and was committed to protect the temple at any cost.

Mr Harichandan said the government had asked the District Collector to remove all encroachers from around the temple and make a list of private shops operating from inside the temple complex.

The security system has been strengthened inside and outside the temple and special training has been imparted to all security personnel deployed in the temple to deal with any eventuality.

He said Closed Circuit Television screens had been set up in strategic points to monitor the movements of the visitors and mobile phones were banned inside the temple.

Two fire extinguisher cylinders were kept inside the temple to control fire-related incidents and the police outpost at the Lions gate has been upgraded to a police station.

A fifty-member Jagannath Temple Squad was deployed inside the temple for maintaining law and order and very high frequency VHF was provided to the security personnel for better communication and coordination among the security personnel.

Armed police were deployed round the clock in front of all the four gates of the temple and the baggages of the pilgrims were being throughly searched before their entry inside the temple.

Metal detectors were placed at all entry points to ensure that no miscreants took any arms and weapons inside the temple.

An officer of the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police has been appointed to supervise the temple security, he said.

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