High alert across the state

Less than an hour after two blasts rocked Hyderabad, an alert was issued by state police. "We have issued a general alert in all important cities and high alert in sensitive areas," said Deven Bharti, inspector general of police (law and order).

"We have received orders to enforce an alert. Instructions have been passed to all police stations," said police spokesperson DCP Ambadas Pote.

Security was stepped up at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport as well. "We have beefed up security at the airport. All access points are being closely monitored," said senior commandant M K Sharma, Central Industrial Security Force.

Home minister R R Patil confirmed the state had been put on high alert. Top police officers have been asked to deploy additional forces in sensitive areas. Shortly after the blasts, Patil held discussions with police top brass.

Sources in the home ministry said, "The state government has received an advisory from the Centre to scale up security in Maharashtra."

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