Uttar Pradesh cops leave suspended

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Lucknow, Nov 27: A high alert has been sounded in Uttar Pradesh in wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks and the state government has suspended leaves of all police officials and jawans till December 10.

The routine checking has been intensified and all important installations in the state, including the world famous Taj Mahal, have been put under thick security cover, an official spokesman said.

On the call of the Central Bar Association, lawyers of the Allahabad High Court and all the district courts in the state, boycotted the court proceedings today to protest the attacks. The local Bar Associations have also joined the protest.

Serial blasts had rocked the Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi courts last year.

Besides the Taj Mahal, the security in the pilgrim cities of Ayodhya, Varanasi, Mathura and other places has been put on high alert. Security personnel have been deployed in all the airports, railway stations, busy market places and even schools and colleges of the state.

State Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Brijlal said patrolling has been intensified and the additional security forces have been deployed in crowded places.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Lal said special security has been ensured at all the sensitive installations and places, while the leaves of all the police officers and jawans have been cancelled.

Police conducted major checking drive throughout the state last night, he said.

The ADG said the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of UP has not been contacted by the Mumbai police so far, but the ATS would give full assistance, if sought.


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