In October last, an eight-member gang trespassed into the “high security” Technopark campus here and nearly beat to death a youth who testified in court against the main suspects in a gangland murder case.
The mafia style hit-and-run operation, which involved spotters, trackers, assailants on motorbikes and a back-up squad to facilitate their escape, caused quite a flutter in the State IT hub, which employed more than 10,000 people. The target was a local youth who chauffeured an IT professional’s car.
In a simulated seaborne terrorist attack on a high-value land target in November, three “armed” operatives made landfall at an isolated stretch of the shoreline here, foxed the police, and infiltrated the “well guarded” Technopark campus to plant a “bomb” there at rush hour.
The police on Saturday said that both these incidents have prompted them to conduct a security audit of the campus at the earliest. They have found the perimeter fencing of the campus to be weak and porous. The security personnel and infrastructure at the Technopark campus were also found to be wanting. They feel that they do not have enough background information on scores of persons employed in restaurants and other public utilities inside the campus.
Officials say City Police Commissioner P. Vijayan is scheduled to hold a meeting of Technopark authorities and other stake holders there to start a “police assistance centre” as a first step towards ensuring 24-hour police presence in the campus.
The police will also seek the help of IT firms and the government to establish security cameras and electronic perimeter fencing to insulate the campus as best as possible from terrorist threats and sabotage attempts.
The police will encourage Technopark employees to hold regular fire drills and disaster management exercises, such as mass casualty evacuation, as their counterparts in developed countries did.