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Taliban killings: Precaution should be taken says BRO

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New Delhi, May 3 (UNI) The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), working in Afghanistan, today said precaution should be taken in view of the killings of Indian personnel there.

''Though security has been stepped up with additional local gaurds, it cannot be absolutely fool-proof.... Precaution should be taken,'' BRO Director General Lt Gen K S Rao told a press conference here on the eve of the Organisation's 46th Raising Day on May 7.

Over the past six months, the Taliban has killed two Indians working in Afghanistan-- BRO's Maniappan Raman Kutty in November last year and Telecom Engineer K Suryanarayana from Hyderabad a week ago.

''However, one should not be perturbed.... We are reasonably well organised and reasonably well confident,'' Lt Gen Rao said.

''In addition to the local guards, whose strength has been increased, as many as 218 ITBP jawans are giving protection to the BPO personnel there,'' he added.

He said none of the 300-odd BPO personnel involved in building a strategic road linking Afghanistan and Iran wanted to return before finishing the job.

Though he added that the work on the 218 km road, which will link Delaram on the main Kandahar-Herat highway in Afghanistan and Zaranj on the Iran border, would be delayed because of security reasons.

''But it is in everybody's interest to complete the road.'' UNI YJ MIR PM1746

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