Security beefed up in Modasa after blast

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Palanpur, Oct 1 (UNI) Security has been tightened up on an unprecedented scale for the Navratri festivities in Modasa district in North Gujarat, where two persons were killed in the September 29 bomb blast.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Modasa, K K Mysuriya said, ''The security arrangements were beefed up four days earlier for the Navratri celebrations, but after the Modasa bomb blast additional vigil is being maintained to avoid any untoward incident.'' District superintendent of police, Mehasana District, Raju Bhargawa said, ''We are on a high alert and besides regular police, jawans have been deployed. All the district borders are being checked thoroughly. Police Jawans in civil dresses will keep vigilance around all the Garbha sites. We appeal to the participants to co-operate with the police.'' Ambaji Temple administrator P K Jadeja said the biggest shrine at Ambaji town had been placed under special security.

In addition to the temples' own security, squad of sniffer dogs and CCTV sets had also been put up at all sensitive points in the shrine.

Special security arrangements had been made in the sensitive Palanpur town, situated next to Modasa, police sources said.

Patan District police Superintendent Dilip Rajgor said all police stations in the district had been provided with additional police force.

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