Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on April 21 asked Goa Director General of Police Pranab Nanda to beef up security around Goa’s churches following the attack on churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
The Chief Minister later told presspersons that he would be talking to Archbishop Fr. Filipe Neri Ferrao soon over improving the security arrangements for Goa’s churches, some of which date back to the 17th century.
“I have spoken to the DGP about enhancing the security of Goa’s churches. I will be speaking to the Archbishop soon,” Mr. Sawant said while condemning the deadly attacks in which a large number of persons have reportedly died and many more injured.
Goa Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh, when contacted, told The Hindu that when there is any incidents of any terror attack anywhere around the world, there is a review of security in the State at the top level.
“We have alerted district Superintendents of Police and the Anti-terrorist squad, to be on alert. As there are no special prayers on Sunday, general security has been alerted in church areas. We have also alerted hoteliers to be more strict and vigilant in regard to the identity verification of their guests while providing accommodation,” said Mr. Singh.