City Police Commissioner B. Shivadhar Reddy on Thursday held a meeting with owners and managers of ‘B’ class hotels in the city with the objective of arresting the activities of criminal gangs in the wake of the recent twin blasts in Hyderabad.

The Commissioner interacted with the delegates on various issues and reviewed the existing security scenario in and around the hotels besides sensitising the staff on security aspects and importance of CCTV cameras. He said that there were instances in the past when notorious criminals took shelter at the hotels for a few days, conducted reconnaissance of their targets in the city before committing the crimes. He also stressed the need of maintaining a close watch on the movements/activities of visitors, strangers and also for unclaimed/suspicious objects in hotels.

The hoteliers were asked to install sufficient number of cameras at various places including the reception, corridors and parking lot and also at vantage places to get a clear picture and also maintain a record of at least 30 days. They were requested to obtain proper ID proofs, web camera pictures of the visitors, before allotting rooms.

They were also asked to submit daily visitor reports containing the details of the visitors to the respective police stations. They were also asked to collect the mobile numbers and vehicle numbers of the visitors. Proper care also should be taken while giving rooms to young men and persons, who come without proper luggage. Their activities/movements should be kept under watch and any suspicion noticed should be intimated to the police.

Mr. Shivadhar Reddy assured the hoteliers that the police would not cause inconvenience or harassment to them in the name of checking and no damage would be caused to the reputation of hotels. They were also urged to feel free to contact any superior officer and at anytime to pass on information. He also asked the hoteliers to display the list of phone numbers of police officers at the reception to facilitate the receptionist to contact the police in case any exigency.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) P. Viswa Prasad, Additional DCPs B. Atchuta Rao (Administration), Mohd. Khan (Crimes) and V. Suresh Babu (Traffic) were among those who participated. Around 60 hoteliers attended the meeting.