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Security put on high alert in Assam

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Last Updated: December 23, 2007, 12:27 IST

Security put on high alert in Assam

Security has been tightened to thwart attempts by the ultras to plant a bomb.

Guwahati: Security agencies were put on high alert in Assam following intelligence inputs that Pakistan's ISI along with al-Qaeda are purportedly planning a major strike at the famous Kamakhya temple and other religious places.

Intelligence sources told PTI here on Sunday that ISI along with al-Qaeda are planning to hit religious places in the state, including the world famous Kamakhya temple, atop the Neelachal hills in the city here.

The ISI had planned these attacks after the bombing inside a mosque in Pakistan on December 21, the sources said.

There is a general high alert in the state under the direction of the Union Home Ministry following the mosque blast in Pakistan.

"Not only the Kamakhya temple but also other religious places as well as major public sector units have been targeted and thus security has been enhanced," the sources said.

Following the alert, security has been tightened inside the Kamakhya temple premises to thwart any attempt by the ultras to plant a bomb, they said.

Unlike other religious places in the country, the temple does not have a security set up, or even a compound wall or fencing making it an easy target for the terrorists.

Moreover, the growth of habitation near it provided areas that may give shelter to militants, the sources said.

first published:December 23, 2007, 12:27 IST
last updated:December 23, 2007, 12:27 IST