Centre asks cinema halls, shopping complexes to strengthen securit

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) The Centre today asked shopping malls, cineman halls to strengthen their security measures in view of the blast at a cinema hall in Ludhiana which claimed six lives and injured 33 others.

Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta told reporters here that cinema owners and shopping complex owners should increase the vigil against terrorists as laxity could increase the threat to them. The police provide security, but the in-mechanism would complement and strengthen it, he added.

He said that the investigation in the Ludhiana blast was going on and only after proper probe it could be ascertained whether there was any connection between it and that in Ajmer.

Earlier, the centre had sent a team of NSG and other experts to Punjab to help the state administration in the investigations of the blast. It has also assured all possible assistance to the state government in tackling any such militant attacks.

Meanwhile, alert has been issued in Punjab, Delhi and other places to prevent any terror attacks during the ongoing festival season. Home Minister Shivraj Patil had apprehended recently that the militant organisations may target religous places, place where people congregate in large numbers, VIPs and other celebraties.


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