Bhubaneswar: As the countdown for the annual Rath Jatra of Lord Jagannath has already begun, Odisha government on Sunday sounded high alert at Puri, Sun Temple at Konark and Dhauli, a prominent Buddhist site in the outskirts of the state capital, following the serial bomb blasts at Bodh Gaya in Bihar.
"We have decided to step up security checks at all hotels and lodgings in the town and the beach as well," Puri SP, Anup Sahoo said adding that more than 100 platoons (about 3,000 personnel) of force besides specially trained bomb disposal squad and anti-riot force would be deployed during the festival.
The security personnel would keep a close watch in the field, from the nearby sea and aerial surveillance arrangement have been made during the Rath Jatra, said Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Mishra.
Meanwhile, one platoon of force has been deployed at Dhauli, a famous Buddhist monument in Bhubaneswar. "All the visitors coming to the peace Pagoda (Dhauli is referred as) are being checked. A close watch is being maintained on the suspicious persons," a senior official said.
Besides, the district administration of Jajpur also decided to increase security arrangement at Lakitgiri and Udaygiri, two other important Buddhist sites, after the serial bomb blasts rocked Bodh Gaya.
"I will take up the matter with the superintendent of police," said Jajpur district collector Anil Samal. Similar arrangement will also be made at Kokark, the venue of the famous Sun Temple.


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