Maha Shivratri 2016: Alert sounded over possible attacks on temples in Uttar Pradesh

By: | Updated: March 7, 2016 1:50 PM

Maha Shivratri 2016: The Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government was put on high alert on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, following inputs from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) on the possibility of terror attacks at temples and religious places, an official said on Monday.

Maha Shivratri 2016: The Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government was put on high alert on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, following inputs from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) on the possibility of terror attacks at temples and religious places, an official said on Monday. Heavy security was put into force at important Shiv temples and special security checks were in place at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi.

Special vigil was being maintained on big and small temples in places like Kanpur, Agra, Lucknow, Faizabad, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh and other important places, the official said.

Police was also keeping a close eye on the ‘kanwarias’ (devotees who carry holy Ganges water and walk bare foot to offer it to Shivlinga’s) as there was an apprehension that they may be targeted by terror outfits.

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