Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The city police have directed the managers of religious institutions and places of worship to step up security on their premises.

City Police Commissioner M.R. Ajith Kumar said he had asked religious institutions and places of worship to prepare a stock of valuables and religious artefacts in their possession. He instructed them to use bank lockers to store valuable objects that are not required for daily worship or other associated rituals.

Such institutions should issue identity cards to their staff members. They should inform the police in advance about persons who stay overnight on the premises. It would be ideal if such institutions used electronic surveillance equipment, such as cameras, to keep a watch. Police patrol vehicles and officers walking the beat will randomly cover important religious places of worship, banking institutions and key government offices in the city. He has requested managers of religious places of worship to regularly attend police station- level neighbourhood watch meetings.

On Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, M. Gopalakrishnan and Assistant Commissioner, Fort, B. Krishnakumar, chaired a meeting of religious leaders, priests and managers of religious institutions in the Fort police sub-division area.