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Police overdrive sends people into a tizzy

Staff Reporter
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The intensive security exercise initiated by the City Police has got the citizens scared on Thursday. With overzealous policemen forcing closure of shops in areas like Begumbazar, Chikkadpally, Chatrinaka, Feelkhana and other localities during peak business hours, it led to escalation in tension. Many began calling up media organisations to find out whether there was any alert about a possible terror strike again.

Octopus also enters

What more, most of eateries and hotels were also forcibly closed by the police. The entire City Police went on an overdrive by checking vehicles, frisking commuters at junctions even as bomb disposal squads assisted by sniffer dogs took up anti-sabotage checks at malls and other crowded places across the city for the second day on Thursday. The Octopus teams carrying the latest weapons and gadgets, too, were pressed into service. Interestingly, police could not find any suspects or suspicious objects during this unprecedented security checks across the city but they did stumble upon instances of huge quantities of gold jewellery and cash being transported without adequate security.

The police teams undertook massive mock drills in which the plainclothes policemen smuggled in weapons through the metal detectors manned by private security guards. In Big Bazaar at Abids, police teams observed that the security measures were not up to the mark and forced its closure, though unofficially. “The mall management itself put up a board saying they were closing Big Bazaar as there were no proper security measures. We did not close it down,” explained a police officer...

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