//Jama Masjid blasts trigger countrywide alert

Jama Masjid blasts trigger countrywide alert

New Delhi, April 15 (PTI): The twin blasts in Jama Masjid here on Friday triggered high alert across the country, including Varanasi rocked by terror attacks only a little over a month ago, with security tightened in and around key shrines and vital installations.

A red alert was sounded in all communally sensitive districts of Uttar Pradesh, including Varanasi, Faizabad, Aligarh and some other places and directives had been issued to district police chiefs to tighten security, official sources said in Lucknow.

Uttar Pradesh Governor T.V.Rajeswar spoke to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and asked him to issue necessary directives to keep an eye on sensitive places and tighten security at religious places so that communal harmony was not disturbed, a Raj Bhavan communique said.

The governor cancelled his visit to Meerut and Aligarh in the wake of the Delhi blasts so that security personnel could remain engaged in the work of maintaining peace and harmony, it said.

In Varanasi, where the Sankatmochan temple and cantonment rail station were rocked by bomb blasts on March 7 when 20 people were killed, senior police officials reviewed security arrangments at Gynavapi complex, Kashi Vishwanath temple and other key shrines and patrolling was intensified. Additional security personnel were deployed at railway stations, bus stands and bomb disposal squads put on alert.

In Mumbai, police put up a security ring in and around Siddhi Vinayak temple in Prabhadevi and Mahalaxmi temple and other places of worship, including Haji Ali, Mahim Durgah and mosques, in Central Mumbai. Visitors to the shrines were being searched throughly.