Uttar Pradesh anti-terror squad conducts mock drill in state legislature ahead of Presidential polls

Lucknow: The UP Anti-Terrorism Squad on Sunday conducted a mock drill in the precincts of the Uttar Pradesh Legislature building to plug possible loopholes in security ahead of voting for the presidential poll on Monday.

"A mock drill is being conducted to cater to any emergency-like situation and evacuate people during the critical hour. Apart from this, the mock drill will also enable us to plug possible loopholes in the security apparatus (if any)," SSP, ATS, Umesh Kumar Srivastava told PTI.

File image of Uttar Pradesh Assembly. PTI

File image of Uttar Pradesh Assembly. PTI

Apart from ATS commandoes, UP Police personnel and fire brigade staff were also spotted in the UP Legislature.

The Uttar Pradesh Police had already put in place anti-sabotage measures apart from sounding a high alert as the ATS started recording statements of employees of the Assembly in connection with the recovery of PETN (Pentaerythritol tetranitrate) explosive.

On Saturday, officials of the ATS questioned and recorded statements of 15 people who were present or were on duty in the premises of the Assembly at the time of recovery of PETN on 12 July.

Those who were questioned included the assistant marshals, technical staff and security personnel. Besides, the ATS also looked into the details of CCTV footage of 23 cameras of which 12 are in the Assembly and is also studying the Doordarshan recording, he said.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar had earlier told PTI that all the anti-sabotage measures have been put in place, apart from sounding a high alert.

"As immediate measures, Quick Response Teams, ATS and additional PAC personnel have been deployed in the UP Legislature. Apart from this, security audit of the entire Assembly complex is being done. An integrated security plan is being deliberated upon, which will ensure effective liasion with Sachivalaya Suraksha Dal," Kumar said.

Entry on old passes has been disallowed, and people with bonafide passes are only allowed to enter the precincts.

As many as 109 close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been made functional, so as to increase the vigil.

ATS sources said three teams of ATS will remain posted in the UP Legislature Complex.

Updated Date: Jul 16, 2017 15:33 PM

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