Post-explosion, State under heightened vigil

Post-explosion, State under heightened vigil

Post-explosion, State under heightened vigil

Security has been heightened across the State, especially at major railway stations, after the blast inside the Bangalore-Guwahati Express train in Chennai on Thursday morning.

Superintendents of Police and Commissioners of Police have been directed to ensure foolproof security at public places, bus stands, railway stations, malls, airports, vital installations and iconic structures, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) M N Reddi said, after taking stock of security measures at the Bangalore City and Yeshwantpur stations.

Additional checkposts have been set up in areas bordering Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Additional forces have been deployed for thorough checking of vehicles, he said.

The Bangalore City police tightened security at Majestic, Shivajinagar, KR Market, malls, the Kempegowda International Airport, religious places and other public places. Additional forces were deployed in and around the Chinnaswamy Stadium, where an IPL T20 match is scheduled for May 4, Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Kamal Pant said.

Forces from the City police, Railway police, Railway Protection Force (RPF), City Armed Reserve, the bomb detection and disposal squad and sniffer dogs were pressed into service. As many as 60 staff of the Railway police and an equal number of men from RPF were pressed into security duty at the City station.

About 40 men were deployed at the  Yeshwantpur station. Additional men have been deployed at various railway stations in the State.

The police have been directed to look out for suspicious elements.

Senior police officers visited the stations and took stock of the situation for more than two hours soon after the blast. They held emergency meetings and issued directions to subordinate staff.