City comes under special security measures

KEEPING vigil: A policeman on guard at the Fort Kochi beach on Friday night.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Security in the city was high on the anniversary day of the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Vehicle checking and monitoring of suspicious elements were in place since Friday night. Many of the migrant labourers from North India were put under detention on grounds of suspicion. Checking at lodges and hotels was also on.

Public transport points like bus terminals and railway stations were subjected to elaborate checking. Passengers at Ernakulam North and South Railway stations were subjected to security checks.

Security measures in the city had been stepped up in the wake of the terrorist attack in Mumbai. They were relaxed only for a couple of days and revived since Thursday, said James K.P., Circle Inspector, Railway Protection Force.

Teams led by Roy Mathai, sub-inspector, RPF and Jayakrishnan, sub-inspector, Ernakulam Town North, combed the North railway station. The special drive in the city started by 5 a.m. The bomb squad of the City Police did combing operations at important installations in the city like the High Court, Civil Station, Revenue Tower, Infopark, the Cochin Shipyard and camp offices of senior officials.

Along with the bomb squad personnel, two sniffer dogs – Santo, the German Shepherd and Jancy, the Labrador – were pressed into service.

During the vehicle checks, the identification papers of drivers were also checked. Many were detained for drunken driving. Security was also high at the Volvo Ocean Race village. Along with CISF personnel, 36 personnel from the bomb squad are posted there.