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Police plan security arrangements for New Year celebration

DH News Service, Bengaluru, Dec 7 2017, 23:10 IST
As per usual, the CBD, comprising of Brigade Road, Church Street and MG Road, is expected to play host for the 2018 New Year welcoming party.

As per usual, the CBD, comprising of Brigade Road, Church Street and MG Road, is expected to play host for the 2018 New Year welcoming party.

The city police have begun assessing the security arrangements for the New Year's eve to avoid any untoward incidents like mass molestation reported in 2016.

City Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar has already chaired two meetings a few days ago planning the security arrangements on the Brigade Road, MG Road and Church Street where a large number of people will gather.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Chandragupta said elaborate security arrangements will be made and discussions with several stakeholders are in process.

To avoid any untoward incidents, the DCP has planned for extra-reinforcement of police personnel surrounding areas who will keep the crowd moving. The police personnel will be instructed to make sure nobody gathers at one point and the entry and exits on the Brigade Road will be controlled by a team of crowd controlling police personnel.

Beyond that, extra watchtowers will be erected where armed mounted police personnel using night-vision binoculars will keep a watch on the crowd. The crowd movement will also be video recorded with high-resolution cameras including that of drones.

DCP Command Control, M G Nagendra Kumar said, "Apart from the existing CCTV cameras at the Brigade Road, the Church Street and the MG Road, additional CCTV cameras will temporarily installed and all the footage will be monitored from the command centre at the office of the commissioner of police on Infantry Road. Any suspicious movement will be brought to the notice of the field personnel, he said.

Police plans for New Years' eve

250 CCTV cameras in the Central Business District.

5,000 Additional security forces on duty.

50 drones to monitor the movements of the public.

Mounted police during the New Year celebration.

All the DCPs to be on spot.

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