Security at Chabad House, synagogue to be reviewed: Police

| November 20, 2009

PUNE: Security at Chabad House in Koregaon Park and Ohel David Synagogue, popularly known as Lal Deval, on Ambedkar road in Pune Camp will be reviewed soon, joint commissioner of police (law and order) Rajendra Sonawane said on Thursday.

Deputy commissioner of police Ravindra Sengaonkar, in charge of the special branch, will submit a report, following which it will be decided whether security at these two places should be continued or discontinued, Sonawane told TOI.

During a visit, TOI found Osho International Meditation Resort and Hotel Surya Villa authorities more alert. Terror suspect David Coleman Headley had visited the Osho centre twice in July 24, 2008 and March 16, 2009. He had also stayed in Hotel Surya Villa.

Ma Amrit Sadhana, spokesperson of the Osho centre, says the daily entries and exits by visitors at the centre will henceforth be more stringent in view of the visits by Headley. "As per instructions from the Pune police, more strict security measures are being taken on the premises. We are also being very careful with the screening of new visitors, especially foreigners," she said.

Foreigners are allowed at the centre after their passports and visas are checked, while also going through the compulsory AIDS test. They often come here on different types of visas: business, tourist or any other.

"We don't know what Headley did at the Osho centre then. But from now on, besides the visa and passport, we will also check other important documents related to foreigners," said Sadhana.

The situation at Chabad House, a few blocks away from the Osho International Meditation Resort, looks calm.

Rachel Kupchik of Chabad House said, "We have not received any communication from the National Investigation Agency. The security has been lessened in the last three days. Right now, there are only three to four cops guarding the place round-the-clock."

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