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HYDERABAD: Armed policemen were deployed at the Hyderabad US Consulate Office on Monday in the wake of world-wide alert issued by the US after the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden by American forces in Pakistan.
Three platoons of Andhra Pradesh Special Police (APSP), each comprising 21 personnel, were sent to the consulate office to augment the two platoons on job. Personnel of the newly constituted Special Weaponry and Tactic Teams (Swat), OCTOPUS and Quick Reaction Teams (QRT) were also deployed.
Vigil has also been intensified on the premises of the consulate and surroundings. Police officials said visitors would be allowed only after frisking them thoroughly with hand-held metal detectors. Barricades were placed on the main road connecting the consulate office to restrict entry of unauthorised vehicles.
The consulate security personnel would be monitoring visitors' movements round the clock with the help of surveillance cameras. Employees working in private companies and other commercial establishments near the consulate would be allowed to move after a check, they said.
Vehicle parking in the lane was also prohibited. “We will continue heightened security measures till situation comes to normal,” said DCP (North) Ch. Srikanth.
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