Karnataka plans ID cards for city residents

July 28th, 2008 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, July 28 (IANS) Karnataka plans to issue identity cards to people living in cities and towns as part of stepped up security measures following Friday’s serial blasts in Bangalore. Close circuit television (CCTV) networks at sensitive and crowded places and vital installations and enhanced powers to the anti-terror squad are the other measures under consideration, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said.

He was replying to a discussion in the state assembly on Friday’s blasts in which one woman was killed and seven people were injured.

Eight low-intensity bombs went off in eastern and southwestern parts of Bangalore within a span of one hour Friday afternoon, in the first such terror attack to target India’s IT hub.

On Saturday, a live bomb was found in the up-scale Koramangala, close to one of the spots where a blast had taken place Friday.

“The government is thinking of providing residents in cities and towns with identity cards,” Yeddyurappa said.

This is being contemplated as Karnataka, particularly Bangalore, has a large migrant population, Home Minister V.S. Acharya explained later.

“The proposal is still at the thinking stage,” he said.

Yeddyurappa appealed to all house owners who rent their place to ensure police verification of the tenants.

The chief minister did not give any detail on the progress of the investigation into the blasts.

Life in Bangalore was normal Monday though popular shopping malls had less than the usual number of visitors on a weekday.

Pranksters gave a tough to time police saying bombs had been placed at some places. One school which received the call closed for the day and sent students home.

The coastal town of Mangalore, about 360 km from Bangalore, and the mining township of Kolar, about 68 km from here, suffered scares briefly as people called up police about unattended brief cases.

Both turned out to be false alarms as the brief case found at Mangalore contained documents and the one at Kolar hand tools. The owners reclaimed the briefcases, police said.

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