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Arrangements made at Hemavathi and Yagachi dams, Halebeed Security arrangements made at Hemavathi and Yagachi reservoirs, Halebeed

Armed police personnel have been deployed Barricades to be set up at entry points to Shravanabelagola Hotel owners told to inform police about the arrival of important guests Police term security at ISRO's master control facility adequate

HASSAN: Following Wednesday's attack on the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, the Hassan district police have tightened security at the Jain pilgrimage centre, Shravanabelagola, which is attracting thousands of visitors in view of the Mahamastakabhisheka in February 2006.

Security has been tightened at the Belur and Halebeed temples and the Hemavathy and Yagachi reservoirs. Family members of Prime

Minister Manmohan Singh visited Belur and Halebeed recently.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, Superintendent of Police Panduranga H. Rane said that following directions from Director-General and Inspector-General of Police B.S. Sial, security has been tightened at Shravanabelagola, Belur, Halebeed, and the Hemavathy and Yagachi reservoirs.

It has been decided to set up barricades at a few entry points to Shravanabelagola. As many as 100 iron barricades have been requisitioned for the Mahamastakabhisheka. Armed police personnel have been deployed at Shravanabelagola town, Vindyagiri, Belur, Halebeed and the Hemavathy Reservoir. A metal detector has installed at the entrance to the "basti" where stands the monolithic statue of Gommateshwara stands

Mr. Rane said hotel owners on the outskirts of the town have been instructed to inform the police of the arrival of dignitaries such as scientists and industrialists.

To a question on the need to strengthen security around the Master Control Facility (MCF) for geo-stationary communication satellites of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), he said the MCF is being guarded by the Central Industrial Security Force. Security around the installation is foolproof. A foreign tourist, who took a photograph of the MCF from a distance, was frisked by the police on Friday. After confirming that he was a tourist, he was allowed to travel to Bangalore, Mr. Rane said.

Sakleshpur incident

On the assault on a police constable at Sakleshpur, allegedly by

Alur-Sakleshpur MLA H.M. Vishwanath's brother recently, Mr. Rane said the first information report (FIR) has been filed and efforts are to arrest him. "It is an attack on the police, and we have taken the incident seriously," he added.