Anil Kumar Sastry and M.T. Shiva Kumar
BANGALORE: Security agencies of the Railways and the State have assured a jumpy public not to panic and said they have adequate safety measures in place and are augmenting the resources.
City Police Commissioner Shankar M. Bidari told The Hindu that he has asked the Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) of different zones, including the DCP (West), under whom the central transport hub comes, to prepare a detailed plan to ensure public safety. “The plan will be ready by December 10 and will be implemented immediately,” he said without divulging further.
B.B. Mishra, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, South Western Railway, Bangalore, said the SWR had immediate plans to close all the unauthorised entry points to the railway stations in the city as well as outside. An integrated security plan was on the anvil for the City and Yeshwanthpur Stations, Mr. Mishra added.
“More than the arms and ammunitions, our people are highly motivated and one can see the determination in their eyes,” was the remark of K.S.N. Chikkerur, Inspector-General of Police (Railways), who is in charge of GRP. He said GRP’s main concern was safety of passengers and the personnel are doing their best. Armed with sophisticated weapons, including self-loading rifles and light machine guns, the personnel are on duty. KSRTC Director (Security and Vigilance) M.A. Saleem said the corporation had brought down the number of entry points to the terminal from 13 to six. CCTV cameras were in place at KBS while a dog squad was permanently stationed at the terminal. One platoon of KSRP was permanently stationed at the main entry.
Mr. Saleem said the proposed multi-modal transit centre would have all inbuilt security features.