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Babri anniversary: security lapses found

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Guards fail to notice plainclothed policemen walk through DFMDs with firearms

On alert:Banjara Hills ACP E. Shankar Reddy, along with other police personnel, inspecting security arrangements at Cinemax multiplex, Banjara Hills, on Tuesday. —PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
On alert:Banjara Hills ACP E. Shankar Reddy, along with other police personnel, inspecting security arrangements at Cinemax multiplex, Banjara Hills, on Tuesday. —PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

A day ahead of Babri Masjid demolition anniversary, city police stepped up security at all strategic places while their spree of checks at malls and complexes laid bare the poor security plans at many places.

Notices were issued to some reputed malls and shopping complexes for failing to take precautions. Police found that security personnel at some buildings were given task of subjecting visitors to frisking for 12 hours at a stretch.

It would be difficult even for a trained person to frisk people continuously for so long, Banjara Hills ACP E. Shankar Reddy observed. He suggested to the security agencies to reduce the duty time from 12 hours to eight hours so that the guards could work more efficiently.

Decoy parties sent by the Commissioner’s Task Force (East) team walked through the door frame metal detectors at Chandana Brothers, R.S. Brothers, Kalamandir and Sari Niketan showrooms in Dilsukhnagar.

Though trained security guards were posted to check suspects at these shops, they failed to notice that the policemen in plainclothes walked through the door-frame metal detectors (DFMDs) concealing firearms in their clothes. Task Force DCP P. Rameshaiah said that owners of malls, complexes, hotels, entertainment centres and other places witnessing huge congregations of people were told to be vigilant.

“Despite usage of gadgets like DFMDs and Hand Held Metal Detectors, not many guards were able to detect the decoy parties we had sent. We brought this to the notice of shop owners,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma held a meeting with religious heads and peace committee members at his Purani Haveli office.

Pickets posted

Armed pickets were posted at communally sensitive points in Old City. Contingents of Rapid Action Force and other special police teams were kept ready to meet any eventuality. Random vehicle checking and frisking of commuters was intensified.


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