The sharpshooters were deployed for the first time during Dasara
Four snipers (sharpshooters) from the Internal Security Department (ISD) of the Karnataka State Police kept a hawk’s eye on the Jamboo Savari procession route, taking position in key locations here on Monday.
The specially-trained snipers were deployed for the first time during the grand Dasara finale, to neutralise any potential threat, according to Police Commissioner M.A. Saleem.
Also, trained commandos of the ISD, Bangalore, had been stationed inside and outside the palace premises, he said.
The commandos had not been assigned any task although they arrived here during the start of the festivities, since the police wanted to use them for a specific purpose.
Mr. Saleem told The Hindu that the deployment of traffic police from Bangalore helped in preventing traffic jam.
“As they are exposed to mega events such as cricket matches and rallies in Bangalore, they know how to manage heavy traffic,” he said.
The police are planning to produce a movie on how they managed security for Mysore Dasara 2013. The entire proceeding has been videographed for producing a film, which can serve as a model while organising mega events in the years ahead, he said. “With so much efforts made for Dasara security, we thought of bringing out a detailed report and a film that shows the kind of planning and efforts. Almost all Dasara events have been videographed. They will be interspersed with our content to make it a complete package for a case study,” the Commissioner said.
Mr. Saleem said: “We saw footages of the funeral procession of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray while planning for Dasara security, to know the kind of security arrangements made by the police there. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was deployed here after watching the footage. The UAV helped us in assessing the crowds.”
The police are not averse to learn and introduce new aspects while dealing with security and crowd management for events like Dasara.
“There are reports that around 1.5 lakh people visited Mysore on each day to watch the festivities. The event might get bigger next year and more people may visit the city. We must prepare accordingly and overcome the shortcomings.”
He said there was not much traffic congestion at Bannimantap ahead of the Torchlight Parade on Monday evening, as several exhibits of the procession was diverted towards Hanumanth Nagar Road.
This reduced congestion and people moved into the grounds easily to watch the torchlight parade, he added.