Security beefed up in Karnataka as high alert continues over terror threat

There was intelligence input that a group of terrorists was planning to create terror and panic in the country, the sources said. Security has been strengthened at all important installations and public places such as bus stands, railway stations, temples, markets, malls and government offices.

 

 

Bengaluru:

There was intelligence input that a group of terrorists was planning to create terror and panic in the country, the sources said. Security has been strengthened at all important installations and public places such as bus stands, railway stations, temples, markets, malls and government offices.

 

A thick security blanket has been thrown across major towns and cities of Karnataka following intelligence inputs about a possible terror attack, police sources said on Saturday.

 

There was intelligence input that a group of terrorists was planning to create terror and panic in the country, the sources said. Security has been strengthened at all important installations and public places such as bus stands, railway stations, temples, markets, malls and government offices.

 

A message doing the rounds stated: “VERY HIGH ALERT DECLARED BY COMMISSIONER BHASKAR RAO: Received from Central Home ministry today. Be extremely cautious while visiting Malls, Movie Theatres, Crowded Streets, Prayer halls, temples,Mosques during this weekend. Avoid if possible. Possibility of a terrorist cell active in Bangalore (sic).”

 

After the message triggered panic among many, Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao spoke to the media and said that the high alert was issued as part of a general exercise that the police follow and that there was no truth in the message about the terrorist cell.
 

"This is a routine exercise that the police follows to ensure that the city is safe. This is an exercise that we have started to improve ourselves to see how KSP can be better, how the police force can better protect the people. This is something we are doing for ourselves. I request people not to panic over this high alert and do not believe in the fake news messages that are spreading on social media," he said.

 

The advisory issued by the Commissioner directed Additional and Deputy Commissioners to sensitise high alert at all iconic Bengaluru areas like Vidhana Soudha, High Court, railway stations, metro stations, bus stations, major schools, malls, five-star hotels and busy markets. The police were also directed to ensure that CCTV cameras are functioning in all areas and that there's a visible police presence at check-posts. The circular also said that checks will be carried out at paying guest accommodations, service apartments, hostels and private buildings.

 

With heavy deployment of police personnel at every nook and corner of prominent places in the state,extensive checking was carried out using metal detector and sniffer dogs. Police sources said the alert was sounded Friday night asking all police officers to be vigilant and directing police to be present everywhere following intelligence inputs about a possible terror attack.
 

Besides Bengaluru, vigil has also been tightened in Hubballi-Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Raichur, Chitradurga, Mangaluru, Davangere, Udupi, Mysuru and Tumakuru. Police personnel were seen searching bags and frisking passengers at the railway stations and bus stands on Saturday.

 

 

 


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