Puri Sri Jagannath temple was in the terrorist target and half-a-dozen terrorists were present in the city on the day when five coaches of four trains were torched in the platform.
The blue print for terrorist attack in sensitive places was prepared in Kolkata and burning trains was a part of the terrorist design, Ramachandran Subash, arrested in connection with the fire mishap in trains at Puri railway station, told mediapersons, while being taken by the government railway police (GRP) on remand.
Subhash, the lone accused arrested, said his terrorist associates were in the city all along the incident and they were observing the reactions. Their main target is the Sri Jagannath temple, he added.
This explosive statement has sent the Puri police into a tizzy. While in the wake of Paris attack and nationwide intelligence alert to avert possible terrorist attack, tight security arrangements have been put in place.
Security in and around the temple has been beefed up with Astaranga and Ramchandi, the two marine police stations, intensifying patrolling in the coastal waters of the district. Hotels and other facilities for visitor accommodation have been put on a close vigil.
On November 12 last, five sleeper class coaches of Puri -new Delhi Nilachal express, Puri -Tirupati express and Puri -Howrrah express were set on fire one after another with an interval of one hour.
The Railway protection force (RPF) had rounded up a number of persons in suspicion. It arrested Ramachandran Subash of Tamilnadu. The RPF was allowed to take Ramachandran on a two-day remand from the court.
Today, the GRP which also registered a criminal case, took the remand of the accused for six days from the court. UNI XC DP SHS 2338
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