State govt prepared to meet any threat

Bhubaneswar: Amidst reports of Jihadi outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba planning attacks in state, the state Government today assured that security forces were prepared to meet any threat.

"It (possible terror attack) is a serious matter. Our forces are prepared to meet any eventuality", Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters here.

Patnaik`s remark came after state Director General of Police (DGP) Manmohan Praharaj said appropriate steps were taken to counter any possible terror attack in the wake of intelligence inputs about such possibility.

Both were reacting to Assam DGP Jayanta Narayan Choudhury`s revelation in Guwahati that Jihadi outfits like LeT were planning attacks in Odisha and Maharashtra.

"We have been taking precautionary steps in Puri where lakhs of devotees congregate for the annual car festival of Lord Jagannth", Praharaj told PTI.

Praharaj, however, said the state government had no information regarding terrorists plan to target missile launching base in Balasore district. However, security cover already exists in sensitive installations in the state including the missile launching base in the state, sources in the Home department said.

The DGP had on June 21, the car festival day, told the media there were intelligence inputs about possible terrorist attack in the holy town of Puri.