Security for Goa churches tightened after Lanka blasts

Panaji, April 22, 2019: The Goa government has put on high alert all churches in the western Indian state following the serial blasts in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people.

The government has also directed hotels to maintain strict vigil on the tourist visiting the place, according to a report in

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has issued instructions to Director General of Police Pranab Nanda to heighten the security around the churches and also to inform the heads to be on alert.

Speaking to media persons, Sawant condemned the terrorist attack in the churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning.

“It is highly painful and condemnable. Such an incident taking place on Easter Day needs to be condemned,” he said. He said that he held meeting with DIG on April 21 morning and in the afternoon and reviewed the security situation in the churches of Goa.

“The security has already been tightened around churches. The coastal state has many churches and we have also asked the heads of each church to be on alert,” Sawant said.

The chief minister also spoke to Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa and Daman later in the evening with regards to the security in the churches.

Later speaking to media, Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh saidthe patrolling across the state has been enhanced. The Anti-Terrorist Squad is also on field patrolling, he added.


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