Mysore lawyers, litigants have no police cover

Mysore lawyers, litigants have no police cover

Delhi blast forces authorities to mull over permanent security

yet to wake up? A city armed reserve (CAR) police van stationed outside law court complex in Mysore on Thursday. DH Photo

This came to fore when Deccan Herald made a reality check at the Law Court complex in the city on Thursday, in the wake of the blast in reception area of Delhi High Court that claimed the lives of 11 leaving several injured on Wednesday.

According to sources, when there was a terrorist attack in Mumbai where too many lost their lives, armed men were posted on guard, but on a temporary basis. Now, following the Delhi incident a platoon of city armed reserve (CAR) police personnel have been deputed, but again on a temporary basis. Men attached to jurisdictional Lakshmipuram station form the permanent security ring here but only when the situation warrants.

There is no dedicated staff to keep a tab on day to day affair.

When taken into account the history of destructive activities, the perpetrators had zeroed in on crowded places like markets, hotels, railway stations and other such places. It’s only after the recent incident, courts too have become vulnerable and existing security needs a review.

Incidentally, a police out-post is coming up near the main gate of the court here. However, the police authorities are yet to take a decision on the men-whether to entrust the task of manning the place to  Lakshmipuram police station or  city armed reserve (CAR) personnel. With Bangalore close to Mysore, already targeted once in the recent past, strategic locations in the city cannot be taken for granted, said a concerned citizen.

With the court being one such vantage point, security cover has to be enhanced. There are a total of 32 courts comprising that of principal district and sessions judge to lower courts, family, labour, industrial tribunal etc., Of the total number of advocates registered, 2,000 are regularly practicing. Those attending the trials include suspected Al-badr terrorists who were arrested in Mysore (now lodged in Bangalore jail) to suspected naxals, anti-social elements, making the court complex a here highly sensitive zone.

When contacted police commissioner Sunil Agarwal said he would like to propose close circuit TV cameras to be installed outside the court to monitor the movements. However, he said that he would be able to comment on the outpost only after taking stock of the current stage of construction of the same. He also stressed on giving impetus to review the existing security system.

Advocates boycott

Advocates boycotted court proceedings in the city on Thursday in protest against the blast in Delhi High Court. It was decided at a meeting held at Bar Association in the morning to stay away from the proceedings for the day condemning the incident.

Litigants who were caught unaware were seen cursing the authorities concerned for the inconvenience caused to them.

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