Centre to issue new security guidelines to schools across India following terror attack on Pakistan school

New Delhi: In the wake of Taliban terror attack on a Peshawar school in Pakistan yesterday, which claimed over 141 innocent lives, the Centre will soon be issuing a fresh set of guidelines for the safety and security of all the vulnerable places, especially prominent schools and academic institutions in the country.

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Rescue workers help students, who were injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Talibani gunmen, out of  the ambulance at a local hospital in Peshawar yesterday. Pic/PTI

The guidelines for schools will include asking them to prepare an escape plan for children in case of a terror attack, how
to prevent a hostage situation, how to raise alarm and shut doors and gates in case of an emergency.

“The earlier advisory was issued by the Home Ministry in 2010 to prominent schools and institutions after 26/11 Mumbai terror attack accused David Coleman Headley was arrested in the US. Considering the present situation, we will revisit the advisory and send it afresh,” a Home Ministry official said.

Terror operative Headley and his accomplice Tahawwur Hussain Rana had reportedly told interrogators that Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) could target two prestigious boarding schools in north India and the National Defence College in Delhi.

The fresh advisory will be sent to all states and Union Territories, so that they can in turn alert schools. Some schools will be given special instructions separately and asked to coordinate with local police and administration for security drills.

A few top schools in Delhi, Mumbai and a few residential schools in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are likely to be issued special security guidelines.

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