Obama visit to Delhi: Mysuru police too on alert

Intelligence inputs, bomb scare compels cops to be extra vigilant

Following intelligence inputs about a possible terror attack during the four-day visit of US President Barack Obama to New Delhi, as the chief guest of Republic Day parade on January 26, the city police too are on an alert.

Not willing to take chances, especially after the bomb scare call to the Palace on Friday, although it turned out to be a hoax later, the city police have taken precautionary measures. As part of intensified security measures, on Saturday, the dog squad — accompanied by the bomb disposal squad — conducted an anti-sabotage check at the Oval Grounds, the venue of the R-day parade organised by the district administration.

Sources told Deccan Herald, the vehicles are being checked, besides removing detachable parts at times in case of suspicion. Not ruling out the possibility of transportation of destructive materials, policemen are removing detachable parts of vehicles, especially in scooters having luggage space.

The office of the ADGP (Intelligence), Bengaluru, that dispatches general alerts ahead of festivals and celebrations, this time, however has asked policemen to be extra vigilant.

DCP (Law and Order) A N Rajanna told Deccan Herald, “The anti-sabotage check will be repeated on Sunday too, the eve of Republic Day. The Oval Grounds will be taken into possession one-day in advance, besides drawing a draft of security measures to be in place”.

Security cover will be manned by not less than 500 policemen, including 20 men in top cadres — including five assistant commissioners of police (ACPs), 12 inspectors, 20 sub-inspectors, 100 civil police, 25 men from commando wing, four city armed reserve (CAR) police forces and two Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) forces.

All gates to the Oval Grounds will be equipped with door-framed metal detectors (DFMD) and 10 hand held metal detectors (HHMD).

Police Commissioner M A Saleem said, “There is a general alert across the nation, following which security measures are being taken to ensure a smooth R-day celebration”.

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