GORAKHPUR: Fresh identity cards are now being issued to journalists here, following an alert from intelligence agencies about possibility of a terror attack on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath where the attacker could are available the guise of a journalist.
The city police have started issuing identity cards carrying photographs to journalists who will cover the Chief Minister's programmes. Only those carrying photo identity cards are going to be allowed to hide the programmes henceforth.
Circle officer, LIU, Jagdish Singh, said, "We are informed that security agencies have issued an alert about chances of an attack on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur. As per the directives of officials, we are issuing identity cards to journalists. Many identity cards are issued, while others are being processed."
ADG Gorakhpur zone, Dawa Sherpa said, "We have upgraded our security arrangements on the idea of data shared by the state and national security agencies. The Chief Minister frequently visits Gorakhpur which is his constituency. the safety arrangements aren't for a specific visit but to strengthen the general security."
Meanwhile, a senior police official said in Lucknow that a proposal was afoot to issue similar cards to journalists covering the Chief Minister's hammer in the capital also.
"There are around 900 accredited journalists in Lucknow and that we got to whittle away the list. The exercise will begin soon," he said.