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Home ministry warns of attacks during Ganesh festival
August 25, 2006 18:13 IST
It has issued an advisory to all the states, especially to Maharashtra, to ensure tight vigil against any attempt by the militant groups to foment trouble during the festival. An official spokesman of the ministry said though the advisory has been issued to all the states, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, where the festival is celebrated in a big way, were asked to be particularly watchful as militants may try to create some disturbances.
The Ministry has ordered tight screening of religious processions when people carry the idols of Lord Ganesha for immersion.
Besides stregthening of human and technical intelligence, the ministry asked for installation of metal detectors at all the important temples and increasing the number of security personnel at the religious places including the Siddhi Vinayak temple in central Mumbai.
Mumbai witnessed deadly serial blasts on July 11 in which nearly 190 people were killed.