When a routine police drill triggered panic among tourists at Mysuru palace

Presence of bomb squad and inebriated man create a flutter

Little did the city police suspect that routine security checks at the Mysuru palace would generate panic among the visitors there. On Tuesday, there was confusion when the security drill coincided with the picking up of an inebriated man from the premises.

A resident of Belawadi on the outskirts of Mysuru, who had apparently quarrelled with his wife, arrived at the ticket counter of Mysuru palace drunk, and began creating a ruckus.

Security personnel at the palace alerted the jurisdictional Devaraja police station about the troublemaker.

It so happened that the bomb squad and dog squad arrived at the palace for a routine security check of the premises. While they were winding up operations, a police team from the Devaraja police station arrived in a vehicle and bundled away the troublemaker, who was later identified as Gangadhar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) M. Muthuraj told The Hindu.

Many visitors on the palace premises, who saw Gangadhar being whisked away, presumed there was a bomb scare at the monument. No calls were received either by the city police or the Mysuru palace security police about a bomb threat to the palace, Mr. Muthuraj said.

The city police carry out routine security checks of the Mysuru palace twice or thrice a week, he added.

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