Kolkata: The security in and around Kolkata as well as in the various districts of West Bengal has been stepped up ahead of Republic Day celebration.
With the Intelligence Bureau’s alert of possible suicide bomb attacks by a Bangladesh-based terror group in 23 cities, including Kolkata between January 23-26, the security has been tightened to avoid any untoward incident, a senior officer of Kolkata Police told.
“Since January 20, security in and around the city has been beefed up. We are not taking any chances and have plugged all loopholes regarding security arrangements,” the Indian Police Service officer said.
The security has been increased at Victoria Memorial, Kalighat temple, Indian Museum, several other iconic structures as well as the buildings housing government and non-governmental offices, shopping malls, Metro stations. The Kolkata Police have also increased patrolling and vigorous checking at entry and exit points of the city, he said.
Around 93 extra police pickets would be there at several junctures of the city besides 13 Quick Response Teams (QRTs) of nearly 10,000 police personnel, he said. “Security have been increased at entry and exit points of the city. There will be 93 police pickets all over Kolkata and 13 QRTs at strategic locations for fast response,” the officer said. Leaves of all senior officers have been “canceled” and they would be on duty during this period and would continue till this weekend.
Officials at the Kolkata Police headquarters at Lalbazar said that following the January 13 Red Road hit-and-run mishap where an Air Force officer was killed by a speeding car during a Republic Day parade rehearsal, “strict” instructions from state secretariat ‘Nabanna’ have reached the Headquarters.