Andhra Pradesh

Heavy security blanket thrown around Tirupati

Police frisking a person at the Alipiri toll gate in Tirupati on Sunday.- Photo: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR

Police frisking a person at the Alipiri toll gate in Tirupati on Sunday.- Photo: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR  

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An unprecedented security blanket was thrown over the temple city, here on Sunday in view of the ‘Black Day’, anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, with several religious programmes lined up in Tirupati and Tirumala in the next few weeks.

Right from the morning, police officials were seen in a heavy frisking exercise at the check points set up at the major transit points and other important locations in the city. Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Anantapur Range) K. Satyanarayana, who has already convened several review meetings to assess the security situation, inspected the security check-points to keep a track of the situation. Stringent security measures were in place at the Central Bus Stand, Railway Station and at the entrance to Tirumala near Alipiri.

However, the vigil was heightened following an unidentified person managed to slip through the security check at Tirupati railway station.

According to sources, the person on the pretext of booking a ticket went inside the station and fled. Police officials are currently reviewing the CCTV footages to trace that person.

Several residential areas were also put under the scanner. Further, Mr. Satyanarayana has appealed to the house owners to furnish details of their tenants to police, so as to maintain records of new people staying in the city. Besides this, the hoteliers have been instructed to install CCTV cameras, on the premises of their respective properties. Terming it compulsory, the officials further asked them to provide accommodation, only if provided with valid identity proof.

During the checking exercise, twenty vehicles those abandoned at major transit points have been seized so far and few persons taken into custody.

Meanwhile, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams’ (TTD) Chief Vigilance and Security Officer Nagendra Kumar urged the pilgrims to cooperate with the security measures in place at the checking points leading to Tirumala. Besides this, 75 CCTV cameras have been set up for the annual Karthika Brahmotsavams in Tiruchanur, along with deployment of additional personnel for Gajavahanam and Panchami Teertham.



Vigil stepped up after a person managed to slip through security check at Tirupati railway station



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