Staff Reporter

Police officials walked into malls and theatres with explosives and firearms without being detected

HYDERABAD: Not all commercial complexes, malls and film theatres in the city have adequate security arrangements.

This became evident in a random check of crowded places by police on Thursday in the wake of serial blasts in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Decoy parties sent by the Commissioner’s Task Force officials could manage to walk into some complexes, malls and theatres carrying bags of explosive materials and firearms pointing out security slackness.

Notices would be issued to the managements of these establishments to step up security measures and put in place the mandatory security gadgets like door frame metal detectors, City Police Commissioner B. Prasada Rao said.

A similar security check at public and private places was conducted by the police in the aftermath of the twin blasts in August last.

Licence suspended

The then Commissioner Balwinder Singh suspended the license of a theatre at RTC crossroads for failing to comply with security norms. Only after the theatre management installed the security equipment, the licence was restored.

The police said similar action would be initiated against others if basic security arrangements were not provided in the backdrop of terrorist outfits targeting crowded public and private places.

Places lacking security

The Task Force officials found that security arrangements at Hyderabad Central, PVR Cinema, City Centre, Big Bazar of Ameerpet, Lifestyle, Odeon deluxe theatre and CMR Exclusives and RS Brothers in Secunderabad were not up to the mark.

In addition to the Task Force teams, local police teams of respective zones continued the checks at parks, religious places and shopping malls advising to step up security measures.

The checking would continue for few more days and stringent action would be initiated if public safety was ignored, the Commissioner said.