Terrorists in Kerala under scanner

published on July 13, 2006

The police has intensified monitoring of outfits with suspected fundamentalist leanings and has stepped up security around major temples and vital installations in the State, as part of the security alert in the wake of Mumbai serial blasts on Tuesday.

Intelligence agencies are keeping a close watch on the organisations floated by those who were active in outfits like banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), sources say.

Security has been tightened around important temples, including Guruvayur and Sabarimala, which are expected to witness a spurt in visit of devotees in the next few days, with the beginning of the Malayalam month of Karkatakam.

The Sabarimala shrine, which allows devotees only on the initial days of every Malayalam month except during the October-January pilgrimage season, is opening for puja on July 16.

Security around railway stations, bus stands and airports had also been tightened and dog squads had been pressed into service, the officials said.

The Mumbai representative of Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Department has already been gathering and passing information to the State capital regarding Keralites affected by the blasts. Six Malayalees have died in the Tuesday attack.


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