Tight security at railway stations, airports

The State government has declared high alert in Bangalore and in the State following an explosion near the BJP office in Malleswaram here on Wednesday.

Speaking to The Hindu , Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister R. Ashok said that the police have been asked to sound high alert in all district headquarters and major cities.

Security has been tightened near major installations, railway stations, airports and major institutions in the State, he said.

In view of the elections to the Legislative Assembly on May 5, the State government has urged the Union government to deploy more police personnel in the State to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incidents during the run-up to the elections, he said.

The State has sought 500 companies of paramilitary forces comprising 50,000 personnel to ensure free and fair elections.

Aiding the police

A few units of paramilitary forces had arrived in some districts from different parts of the country and are assisting the police to maintain normality during the poll process.

The police have been directed to step up security during the night in major cities of the State, the Home Minister said.

Mr. Ashok said that the State government would hand over the probe into the Bangalore blast to the National Investigation Agency.

Use of water

Meanwhile, officials in the State Intelligence Wing said that excessive use of water by the Fire and Emergency Services to douse the fire after the blast would affect investigation.

It has adversely affected collection of material used for the explosion, they said.

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