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Masterminding security: olice Commissioner Sunil Agarwal with zoo director Vijay Ranjan Singh and officials of the Zoo Authority of Karnataka in Mysore on Thursday.
Masterminding security: olice Commissioner Sunil Agarwal with zoo director Vijay Ranjan Singh and officials of the Zoo Authority of Karnataka in Mysore on Thursday.

Staff Correspondent

Police Commissioner meets officials at railway station, zoo

Integration of CCTV footage from key locations with police cameras proposed

Zoo authorities urged to identify an emergency exit; single entry point ‘insufficient'

MYSORE: Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal has embarked on an exercise to tighten security at high footfall places in the wake of a general threat perception.

Mr. Agarwal has come up with an initiative to identify the vulnerability of such places and deploy proper security.

Besides assessing the requirements of these places and recommending steps to be taken, the Police Commissioner, who inspected the railway station here on Wednesday and the Mysore zoo on Thursday, also aims to sensitise the people in charge of these places to security needs.

Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Agarwal said that at the railway station, he had suggested that unauthorised entry points be secured. Checking of parcels with hand-held metal detectors was also suggested. Personnel of the Railway Protection Force had been told that the city police would coordinate with them. Door frame metal detectors and hand-held metal detectors would also have to be procured, he told them.

Mr. Agarwal said the Railways informed him that a new security system called the Integrated Security System would be set up shortly. “They have also agreed to implement the other suggestions,” he said.

Zoo authorities had been asked to identify an emergency exit, as the single entry point would be insufficient during evacuation of visitors in case of an emergency.

During his meeting with zoo director Vijay Ranjan Singh, he suggested that a mechanism be put in place to check at the entrance the baggage carried by tourists. He also asked the management to install a door frame metal detector at the entrance and deploy additional security in places inside the zoo.

Zoo authorities had been asked to install closed circuit cameras all over the premises instead of at a few locations.

The Police Commissioner will shortly inspect the security at Mysore Palace, market areas such as Devaraj Urs Road, Sayyaji Rao Road, and Devaraja Market. “I need citizens' support in ensure adequate security in the city,” he added.

There is also a proposal to integrate CCTV footage from key locations, such as Mysore Zoo and the railway station, with police cameras to monitor security.

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