Terror alert sounded in key cities of Gujarat

Gandhinager, March 2 (IANS) A terror alert has been sounded in five key cities of Gujarat following an intelligence tip-off, an official said Tuesday.

Cities marked out for enhanced vigil are Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and Jamnagar.

According Joint Commissioner of Police (Ahmedabad) Satish Sharma, this was done following specific intelligence inputs.

‘Terror strikes follow a pattern taking place on weekends or places of mass congregation especially in times of revelry, and therefore the precautionary exercise,’ he added.

The maximum alert was sounded during Holi but with the festival passing off peacefully there has been a stand-down but the alert nevertheless continues, the police said.

Parks and gardens which are frequented by morning walkers were particularly marked out for special attention.

In the backdrop of the Pune blast and following reports that the American terror accused Tahawwur Rana had visited Ahmedabad and carried out a detailed survey in November 2008, the fear of a terror strike hangs heavy in cities of the state.

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