Staff Reporter

Police receiving calls from public following release of the portrait

No clues yet to identity of attackers Police team exchanging information in Hyderabad High alert in Bangalore Cabinet discusses security lapse Shivraj Patil makes enquiries

BANGALORE: A day after the Bangalore police released a computer-generated portrait of the suspect involved in the attack at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here, the public have been making calls to them providing details of similar-looking persons.

Police Commissioner Ajai Kumar Singh told presspersons on Saturday that he himself had received two calls. "They told me that a person similar to the suspect was found in a restaurant. I have alerted the officer in charge of the area." But he refused to specify the area.

Mr. Singh said the police had not arrested anyone in connection with Wednesday's attack, in which a scientist was killed and four others were injured.

Sources in the city police told The Hindu that on Friday they questioned a man but found him innocent.

Mr. Singh said ballistic experts opined that all 42 bullets recovered from the IISc campus were fired from the AK-56 assault rifle, which was found on the scene.

Police working on leads

The police were working on different leads. "I am in constant touch with my counterparts in Delhi, Hyderabad, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir. We are yet to get a definite clue to the group involved in the attack," Mr. Singh said.

The sources said a team, led by Deputy Commissioner (Crime) M.D. Basannavar, now in Hyderabad, was exchanging information with the police there. The Hyderabad police had arrested three suspected terrorists.

Meanwhile, Bangalore city has been put on high alert in the wake of the attack at the IISc. and threats that explosions would be triggered at the Chief Minister's residence and adjoining Hotel Grand Ashok on Saturday night.

Security has been stepped up at the Chief Minister's official residence, 'Anugraha,' and the hotel.

The Chief Minister's residence, which is normally crowded, was almost deserted on Saturday. The police screened vehicles and people in the area.

Massive deployment

In all, 4,000 civil policemen, 50 platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police and three Quick Reaction Teams of the Army have been deployed in the city.

The services of mine and bomb detection squads and canine squads are also being used.

The Karnataka Cabinet discussed the security lapse at the IISc. Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh instructed the police to tighten security for international seminars such as the one the institute hosted.

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, who enquired of the State Government about the attack, was informed that there were no clues yet to the assailants.

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