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Security at oil facilities in east India tightened

PATNA, India, Jan 15 (Reuters) - India has deployed additional forces to guard energy facilities including an oil refinery in the eastern state of Bihar after police found maps of such units with a suspected militant from Bangladesh.

“We are investigating how he managed to get maps of key oil installations,” Nayyar Hasnain Khan, a senior police officer, said on Friday.

The suspected militant was arrested on Wednesday, police said.

State-run Indian Oil Corp IOC.BO has 14 key oil facilities in the state, including a 120,000 barrels per day refinery at Barauni, depots and plants to fill cooking gas in cylinders.

The move comes weeks after intelligence agencies said militants may target oil refineries and nuclear facilities.

“We have been informed that oil refineries and other key government installations could be targets,” Vinay Kumar, a senior police officer in the district where the Barauni refinery is located, told Reuters. (Writing by Bappa Majumdar; Editing by Himangshu Watts and Sugita Katyal)

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