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GUWAHATI, Jan 16 � The Assam Police has ordered a security review of the school campuses in the State in view of the threat percept from anti-national elements.

Several aspects, especially those related to immediate mobility in the event of any untoward incident, will be assessed during the security review that also aims to improve the surveillance mechanism in and around all educational institutions.

Sources said that there are also proposals of making installation of close circuit television cameras in school campuses mandatory, although a final nod from the government in this aspect is still awaited.

Security concerns were once again raised after the Indian Army on Thursday said that terrorists are planning to trigger attacks on soft targets, especially schools, in view of the US President Barack Obama�s visit to India during the country�s Republic Day celebration.

Director General of Assam Police Khagen Sarma told The Assam Tribune that besides schools, security review is being done on a number of campuses of sensitive nature.

Sarma said that the priority is on preventing any such incident and all necessary measures will be taken.

�After the Peshawar incident, there are chances that some groups might get encouraged and think of effecting similar incidents,� he said. �Installation of CCTV cameras will come handy more in detection than prevention. We are assessing all the aspects of security, including checking of vehicles, and manning of such campuses,� he added.

Home Secretary LS Changsan told this reporter that an alert is already there and the schools have been asked to take preventive steps.

It has been reliably learnt that a number of schools have already decided to install CCTV cameras in the entry and exit routes besides improving the strength of the personal security guards.

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Police reviewing school security

GUWAHATI, Jan 16 � The Assam Police has ordered a security review of the school campuses in the State in view of the threat percept from anti-national elements.

Several aspects, especially those related to immediate mobility in the event of any untoward incident, will be assessed during the security review that also aims to improve the surveillance mechanism in and around all educational institutions.

Sources said that there are also proposals of making installation of close circuit television cameras in school campuses mandatory, although a final nod from the government in this aspect is still awaited.

Security concerns were once again raised after the Indian Army on Thursday said that terrorists are planning to trigger attacks on soft targets, especially schools, in view of the US President Barack Obama�s visit to India during the country�s Republic Day celebration.

Director General of Assam Police Khagen Sarma told The Assam Tribune that besides schools, security review is being done on a number of campuses of sensitive nature.

Sarma said that the priority is on preventing any such incident and all necessary measures will be taken.

�After the Peshawar incident, there are chances that some groups might get encouraged and think of effecting similar incidents,� he said. �Installation of CCTV cameras will come handy more in detection than prevention. We are assessing all the aspects of security, including checking of vehicles, and manning of such campuses,� he added.

Home Secretary LS Changsan told this reporter that an alert is already there and the schools have been asked to take preventive steps.

It has been reliably learnt that a number of schools have already decided to install CCTV cameras in the entry and exit routes besides improving the strength of the personal security guards.