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Security tightened in Hyderabad following Bodh Gaya blasts

Hyderabad, July 8 (): Security has been tightened across the city of Hyderabad where anti-sabotage squads were deployed to prevent any untoward incident in wake of the blasts at the Bodh Gaya temple in Bihar and with Ramzan month close at hand.

Armed policemen were seen busy checking vehicles and anti-sabotage squads have been deployed in all crowded places, said Hyderabad commissioner C V Anand.

Separate teams were also formed to inspect hotels and lodges to check on people with suspicious background, added the officer. All zonal level DCPs were alerted on Monday besides initiating anti-terror drills to be ready in the event of a terror incident, said the commissioner adding that vehicle frisking was also carried out by the law and order police.

Police said that they have taken all preventive steps  keeping in mind the forthcoming Ramzan and Bonalu ,watching closely the areas around religious places in communally sensitive areas and talks with religious heads of various institutions are  also likely to take place to seek their help in maintaining peace in the state.

Police said during the festive season, four anti-sabotage bomb disposal units will be deployed to conduct routine checks at busy places. In order to keep a tight watch in communally sensitive areas, south zone police have demanded more forces than last year and has also planned to install security cameras at significant places in the coming week, said the police.

It is also believed that owners of Park Hotel in Somajiguda, Manju theatre in Secunderabad and Lumbini Park were issued notices by the  Task Force sleuths on Sunday to carry out a string of anti-sabotage checks. Police said that a group of decoys made an entry into these areas carrying weapons due to which notices has been issued to the managers of these establishments asking them to be cautious, said Task Force additional DCP Rameshaiah.

Hyderabad has witnessed a string of attacks in the past, the latest one on February 21 in Dilsukhnagar where at least 17 people died and over 100 were wounded.