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ISI planned to target Koyna dam

December 23, 2010 00:17 IST

The arrest of an ISI spy in Mumbai has led the Maharashtra government to beef up security at the Koyna Dam.

Javed Mozawalla the alleged ISI spy was arrested by the Crime Branch a fortnight back, Mozawalla in his interrogation had told the cops that he was told to get the photographs of Koyna dam by his handlers in the Pakistan consulate.

Mozawalla has told his interrogators that the ISI wanted to blow up the dam.Taking serious cognizance of the issue on Wednesday, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil held a meeting with top home and police department officials in Mantralaya where it was decided that the state would ask for the union government to deploy Central Industrial Security Force at the dam.

"The state has decided to write to the Union government asking them to deploy CISF staff at the dam and its nearby areas to prevent any terrorist attack. The state is also going to ask the government to ask Google images to stop displaying any images of Koyna dam as it could be used by the terrorists," said a state government official who was present in the meeting. The state has already deployed over 200 police personnel around the dam after Mozawalla's arrest.

N Ganesh in Mumbai