Bangalore Parade Ground sanitized for I-Day celebrationsAugust 13th, 2008 - 7:31 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Aug 13 (IANS) Sniffer dogs, bomb and mine detectors have been deployed at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground in the heart of Bangalore to secure the venue of Independence Day celebrations in India’s IT hub, which was hit by serial blasts in July last week. Sharp-shooters will be deployed on highrise buildings on the city’s favourite haunt - M.G. Road - which abuts the sprawling Parade Ground, M.R. Pujar, Additional Commissioner of police in charge of city’s law and order, told IANS Wednesday.
The heightened security measures are being taken as this is the first time that a chief minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party will be hoisting the tri-colour at the Parade Ground. B.S.Yeddyurappa will have that honour. He became the chief minister, the BJP’s first in south India, in May this year.
The other reason is the serial blasts of July 25. The blasts were the first such major incident in Bangalore. Eight low-intensity bombs went off in one hour in eastern and northwestern parts of the city, killing one woman and injuring seven others.
The state police have not arrested anyone in connection with the blasts though about 500 people have been questioned. “The police have some clues and are working on that,” says state Home Minister V.S. Acharya.
“Adequate forces, more than that deployed all these years, will be on duty to ensure the celebrations go off without any untoward incident,” Pujar said.
He declined to give the number of police personnel on duty on I-Day.
“The force will be adequate,” Pujar said, adding that personnel of Rapid Action Force (RAF) will also be on duty.
“Sniffer dogs, bomb detecting squads and (hand held) mine sweepers have been on duty for the last three days in and around the venue to secure it,” he said.
A disaster management team, ambulances and medical and para-medical staff will be on duty at the ground. Major hospitals in the city have also been asked to be on alert.
“Visitors to the Parade Ground will have to pass through metal detectors. They will also be subjected to physical frisking,” Pujar said.
“They will not be allowed to carry any bag and mobiles also will not be allowed in,” he said.
This year I-Day coincides with a major festival in Karnataka - Vara Mahalakshmi Vratha (Worship of Wealth Goddess Lakshmi). With Saturday and Sunday following the I-Day, a large number of people are planning a long weekend.
“We expect heavy rush from Thursday night onwards as those from other districts of Karnataka would like to visit their native places and many from neighbouring Tamil Nadu would also head home,” a spokesperson of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation said.
- Karnataka Cops get leads on men behind stadium blasts - Apr 18, 2010
- Republic Day: Security beefed up, traffic diversions announced - Jan 21, 2011
- Tripura celebrates 63rd Independence Day amidst tight security - Aug 15, 2009
- Tight security in Bangalore for safe R-Day - Jan 25, 2010
- Hyderabad under high security for Ganesh immersion - Sep 10, 2011
- Security beef-up in Delhi begins Monday ahead of R-Day - Jan 16, 2011
- Crimes in Bangalore, Mangalore worrisome, says chief minister - Aug 15, 2012
- Peaceful Ganesh processions on amid tight security in Hyderabad - Sep 11, 2011
- Heavily fortified Delhi gears up for Republic Day - Jan 25, 2011
- Four serial blasts in Manipur, two injured (Lead) - Aug 15, 2012
- Heavy security in Kashmir ahead of I-Day - Aug 13, 2011
- IPL season begins in Bangalore under tight vigil - Apr 07, 2012
- Two crude bombs found in Bangalore, IPL semis move to Mumbai (Roundup) - Apr 18, 2010
- Tight security in Bangalore for Independence Day - Aug 14, 2011
- Railway police forces to join hands to curb crime - Aug 12, 2011