Director-General of Police B. Prasad Rao on Saturday emphasised the need to have a comprehensive unit of Octopus, an elite anti-terror police force, at Tirumala given the threat perception to the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara.

Talking to mediapersons, he said that a letter of request had been placed with the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams’ Executive Officer for allocation of adequate land for setting up the force.

The commando force which had undergone training along with the NSG force was being engaged in a regular security drill at its base camp where it was equipped with a 3D graph of the hill temple.