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'High security' buildings sitting ducks for attacks Friday, December 14, 2001

GANDHINAGAR: The terrorists had to do a lot of thinking to sneak into the parliament complex on Thursday morning .They dressed up like commandos, flashed a beacon on the top of the car and flaunted the security passes on the windshield.

But in Gandhinagar, access to some of the most 'guarded' buildings like the secretariat and assembly can be a child's play. Walking into the Secretariat is no big deal, even without a gate pass.

What's more, the last review of the security committee saw no threat perceptions to those in power in Gujarat for a Z+ security cover, say sources!

Worse still is the underground parking area of the state assembly. Intelligence officials have taken serious note of an ambassador car that has been parked in the area for the last two years! "If someone parks a car there (with explosives) nobody will ever know" , says an intelligence officer , hinting at the gaping holes in the security system that leaves a lot to be desired.

Of course, now with fresh reviews of the security cover in Gandhinagar in the wake of the gun battle in the parliament premises, things will be different . At least for some time. Says Director General of police K Chakravarthi, "Security in the secretariat will be revamped".

Officials harp about a committee that "reviews security arrangements for VIP personnel depending on the changing threat perceptions". However, right now, there is no one with Z+ security cover and Z category security cover is enjoyed only by former CMs Keshubhai Patel and Shankersinh Vaghela.

Investigations from arrests made till date have also revealed former CM Keshubhai Patel, Union home minister and Gandhinagar MP LK Advani and GPCC chief Amarsinh Chaudhary as targets. Insiders believe that the threat perception is high in the case of ministers Babubhai Bokhiria and Purushottam Solanki.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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