They are leaving no stone unturned, writes

S. Vijay Kumar

Star hotels organising entertainment programmes on New Year’s Eve have been given a list of security guidelines by the Chennai Police. With metal detectors, surveillance cameras and baggage scanners, security managers of these hotels are leaving no stone unturned. The move follows the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai where major hotels were targeted.

“We have basically asked them to focus on two aspects — external sabotage and internal security. All guests, baggage and vehicles entering the hotel premises have to be checked thoroughly. Closed-circuit television network is a must. Besides crowd control aspects, security personnel at hotels should be able to handle revelry hindrances such as minor scuffles and drunken brawls,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Central) V.A. Ravikumar said. While Quick Reaction Teams would be stationed at vantage points across the city on December 31, police teams would be stationed in close vicinity of big hotels, malls and other areas of public gathering. “Manpower is deployed is such a manner that police will be able to reach any scene of disturbance in less than five minutes,” he said.

S. Prabhakaran, group security manager of GRT Hotels and Resorts, says security had been intensified ahead of the New Year celebrations.