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TTD sleuths trained in handling IED

Safety matters: U. Ram Mohan, a police official of the Anti-Cyber Crime division explaining the use of a gadget at a meeting on security in Tirupati on Tuesday. —

Safety matters: U. Ram Mohan, a police official of the Anti-Cyber Crime division explaining the use of a gadget at a meeting on security in Tirupati on Tuesday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

Staff Reporter

Battery-operated devices can be a potential threat, says expert

TIRUPATI: With threat to security on the rise following attacks on prominent establishments and places of tourist, cultural and religious interest, there is a greater need for the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) to enhance its surveillance over the Tirumala hills – right from Alipiri from the foothills to the top.

This message was conveyed at the training programme conducted for the TTD’s vigilance and security guards at Sri Venkateswara Employees Training Academy (SVETA) campus here on Tuesday in which U. Ram Mohan, explosives expert and Deputy Superintendent of Police with the Special Team (bomb disposal squad) took part as the chief speaker.

He focused his lecture on bettering the level of vigil in the areas visited by pilgrims by using improved scanning gadgets and communication gizmos.

Proactive steps

Mr. Mohan spoke on the need to take up proactive steps to prevent mishaps . With tens of thousands of pilgrims visiting Tirumala everyday, he said the search process should involve minimal physical frisking and waiting time for the devotees, while the X-ray related health hazards should also be taken into consideration before evolving a scanning methodology.

The explosive expert also showed to the guards a few Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and allied components which he had brought along with him, so that the latter could act accordingly if they came across one.

“You should be first able to identify these devices or the components that go into the making of a bomb in order to act swiftly,” he pointed out. While training them on defusing a bomb, he also explained how battery-operated devices, be it a camera, a mobile phone or even a wrist watch, posed a potential threat.

TTD’s Chief Vigilance and Security Officer B.V.Ramana Kumar, Additional CVSO T.Sivakumar Reddy and SVETA Director Bhuman were present. Two batches of 350 guards each were covered under the training programme. Mr. Mohan will address another batch on Wednesday.

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