Security tightened at KRS dam

Explosives recovered; team formed to nab accused

 The security at the Krishnaraja Sagar dam has been upped, and more police personnel have been deployed at the dam. However, Additional Superintendent of Police Rajanna has denied any connection between the security cover and confiscation of explosives.

“Every time the water reaches the brim, security cover is provided to the dam,” Rajanna told Deccan Herald.

There have been reports of quarrying in the villages like Katteri, Chinakurali and other villages near the KRS dam. Gelatin and other explosives used for the purpose are sold from here. However preliminary investigations have revealed that these explosives were not stocked for criminal activities.

It may be recalled here that KRS police had seized explosives worth Rs two lakh from the residence of Hanumanthegowda at Katteri village on Friday.

Police have recovered 53 sacks of ammonium nitrate, 20 boxes of gelatin, cables and other explosives from Hanumanthegowda’s residence. Police say that these explosives were for quarrying. Inspector Prabhakar Shindhe, PSI Venkateshaiah and other personnel had raided the residence of  Hanumanthegowda, who is absconding.

Anonymous letter

An anonymous letter received by a senior police officer has put Mysore cops on their toes.

The letter - a computer printout, which was in English - addressed and posted to the Police Commissioner of Mysore stated, “We were in Salem, where we overheard a conversation among four persons about the plans to blow up the Palace in Mysore and KRS in Mandya district on July 31.”

The letter was received at the office of the Police Commissioner on July 29.

A photocopy of the letter was despatched to the office of SP, Mandya, from the office of Police Commissioner here on the same day. Following this, security has been beefed up both at the Palace and KRS reservoir.

When contacted Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal said, “It may be an act of a prankster, as the stamp had the seal of the Ittigegud post office. The office of Police Commissioner is also situated adjacent to Ittigegud.”

Additional security has been deployed at both places. Tourists to these places are being frisked. The Police Commissioner appealed to people not to pay heed to any rumours.

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