New Delhi: Expressing serious concerns over the open Indo-Nepal border, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said that the open border with the neighbouring country is becoming a possible ingress point for anti-national elements and sought the Centre’s help for special security mechanism along the border to check such movements.

Making his maiden appearance in the crucial Chief Ministers’ meet on internal security in the national capital here on Monday, the newly elected CM said that due to strict vigil on the borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, the possibility of terror activities along the Indo-Nepal border is high.

“Due to increase in vigilance at India’s border with Pakistan and Bangladesh, the Indo-Nepal border is developing as a higher risk zone for anti-national activities. Hence, there is an urgent need for establishing integrated check-posts and beef up security arrangements along the 550-km open border,” said Yadav in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Demanding a massive hike in the allocation of funds to Uttar Pradesh for the modernisation of the police force, Yadav said, “The Centre should give urgent attention to the serious issue and hike the funds allocated to Uttar Pradesh from the current Rs 100 crore to Rs 800 crore for maintaining law and order, internal security and communal harmony.”

The Chief Minister, while highlighting the low number of police personnel with respect to the population of the state, said, “Present contribution of the Centre for the modernisation of police is very less and needs to be at least 10 percent of the state police budget which is Rs 8,000 crore”

He sought Rs 5,000 crore central help for improving the strength of state police. He said the state requires help in advanced non-lethal weapons systems to control riot-like situations and said a proposal of Rs 750 crore has been sent to the centre seeking help in modernisation of the state forensic science laboratories.

Yadav further demanded the Centre to include Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar into mega city policing projects and provide with sophisticated weapons and systems.

Underlining the serious issue of blackmoney, Yadav said, “There is no special probing agency to look after the menace of unaccounted money. Hence, a laboratory must be set up in Kanpur or state capital Lucknow in this regard.