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Taj Mahal security beefed up after the terror alert

The Agra police has tightened security around the Taj Mahal after the intelligence alerted government of a possible terror strike on the Yamuna Expressway.

Police have decided to fortify the monument by restricting movement of vehicles within its 500 metre-radius. They will also prepare a list of people living and working in the vicinity of the Taj to ensure no suspicious activity takes place in nearby areas.

SSP Shalabh Mathur has given the responsibility to Taj security circle officer and head of Tajganj police station to carry out this drive. Police will also make a list of people entering the restricted area without proper authorization.

CO (Taj Security) Avnish Kumar said, "We are going to maintain a record of all residents and shopkeepers in the area. The Taj is a monument of international importance and given the recent developments, security in the area has been heightened. Our endeavor will be to provide a safe ambience for tourists coming in to visit the monument."

Kumar added that photographers and guides have also been asked to carry commercial activities outside the 500-metre radius, also known as the yellow zone. "The new initiative of maintaining data will also help us stop any encroachment in the area", the senior official said.

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