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Security beefed up at churches in state

Panaji/Margao/Vasco: Strongly condemning the bomb explosions at three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka that claimed at least  215 lives, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday assured the Goans about their safety, stating that he has already spoken to Director General of Police Pranab Nanda as regards the security to the state, especially the churches in view of the Easter celebrations.

“I am constantly following the law and order situation in the state,” Sawant said, adding that the security has already been beefed up in Goa.

Sawant also informed that he will be discussing the issue as regards the security provided to churches with Archbishop of Goa and Daman  Filipe Neri Ferrao.

Nanda  has issued circulars to all the sub-divisional police officers and in-charges of police stations, asking them to carry out  checks at religious places,  hotels and other spots, where people gather in large number.

He asked police officers to be alert at  border check-posts, religious places  and the tourist places frequented by foreigners.

Deputy inspector-general of police Parmaditya told the reporters that the district superintendents of police have been sensitised, and patrolling all over the state enhanced.

“We have also spoken to the Church authorities as regards security to the prayer houses,” he added, informing that flag marches will be undertaken to instil confidence in the public.

The DIG said that some of the security measures taken up by the police include screening of guests arriving in the state hotels.

“Furthermore, the security measures adopted in the state due to the April 23 elections are also proving helpful in maintaining law and order in Goa,” he noted.

Police patrolling has been intensified in Salcete villages especially near  churches.

A police inspector attached to a police station in Salcete said that day and night patrolling has been intensified in Salcete villages,  particularly at churches, adding  that CISF personnel have also been pressed into service.

“We have intensified our patrolling around the churches,” he said,  maintaining  that the situation is peaceful.

Security has also been beefed up in and around Vasco.

Security  personnel have  also  been deployed  at  churches.

Deputy superintendent of police, Vasco, Sunita Sawant urged the people and the hotels  in Vasco and surrounding areas to be more cautious.

The police have intensified night patrolling at all the vital installations like petroleum storage tanks, the Dabolim airport, the Goa Shipyard Ltd, the Mormugao Port Trust, the naval armament depot and others.

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