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May 14, 2008 at 01:37pm IST

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New Delhi: The serial blasts in Jaipur that killed 63 people and injured over 150 on Tuesday night sent shockwaves across the country. Alert was sounded across various states and security was stepped up in all major metros and tourist hotspots. Given below is a wrap-up:

Goa: Night vigil on

Panaji: The Goa police declared alert in the tourist state and stepped-up security in the crowded areas.

A wrap-up of security arrangements from across India.

Inspector General of Police Kishan Kumar said all police stations in Goa have been asked to conduct strict patrolling, especially at crowded places such as Goan beaches, railway stations, airport at Dabolim, bus stands, market areas and others.

In order to avoid risk, the alert declared last night will continue for few days in the state. ''I have also directed all police stations to get hold of suspicious persons,'' Kumar added.

Bihar: Security up at vital installations

Patna: A high alert was sounded in Bihar and all police stations have been put on maximum alert with specific instructions to officials to tighten vigil around places of religious importance, Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anil Sinha told PTI.

The government railway police too has been alerted and security stepped up around vital installations, including properties of railway, he said.

Karnataka: Poll-bound and on alert

Bangalore: Police in Karnataka have stepped up security throughout the state as a precautionary measure.

Police said a vigil is being maintained at busy areas, railway stations, bus stations, markets, malls and also Bangalore airport.

Last Saturday, a bomb exploded in a Hubli court. None were injured in the incident.

UP: Terror flashback for Varanasi

Varanasi: A red alert has been sounded in the temple city with increased deployment.

A red alert has been declared in Varanasi and deployment at sensitive places has been enhanced, DIG, Police, S N Sabat, told PTI.

He said checking of vehicles at sensitive places has been intensified and extra forces have been deployed in and around the important temples and vital installations.

"Though there is no specific threat of any terror attack in the city we are leaving nothing to chance", he said.

Uttar pradesh Home department has directed all District Magistrates to keep a close watch in their respective areas and gear up all intelligence machinery.

State Home secretary Mahesh Kumar Gupta asked the DMs to put in place a drill for security checkup.

Directive to this effect have been sent to all District Magistrates.

Tamil Nadu: All entry points blocked

Chennai: Security has been tightened in Chennai and police said that vehicles entering the city would be thoroughly checked. Places where people converge in large numbers like railway stations and bus stands have been brought under security cover.

People moving around in a suspicious manner would be questioned, they added.

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