Unprecedented security in City for R-Day

Unprecedented security in City for R-Day

The Church Street blast, arrest of IS twitter account handler Mehdi Biswas and terror alerts by intelligence agencies have prompted the City police to enforce unprecedented security in and around Manekshaw Parade Ground where the Republic Day celebrations will be held.

Security has been tightened across the City, intense patrolling and tight vigil is being maintained at all major check points. Senior police officers will directly monitor the situation.

Police personnel from the civil wing and armed reserve have been deputed for Republic Day duty. More than 3,000 policemen will be deployed in and around Manekshaw Parade Ground alone, the police said. “In the backdrop of several incidents which were witnessed in the recent past, the City has been put on a tight vigil and we have left no stone unturned,” Police Commissioner M N Reddi told reporters on Saturday.

Every inch of the ground and the area around has been thoroughly checked.

Thirty-six CCTV cameras have been installed in the area and the footage will be monitored live from an undisclosed location. Around 25 metal detectors and two explosive detectors will be used to frisk people at the entrance to the Manekshaw Parade Ground.

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) staff and other workers have been provided with identity cards and are being frisked throughly before they are allowed inside. The workers’ antecedents have also been verified.

For queries and reporting lost and found objects, the public can access the help desk at Gate 4.

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