Police department: Not enough men to guard high security zones

Bengaluru: Deputy Chief Minister Dr G. Parameshwar ‘s move to declare the area around Vidhana Soudha and other prominent places as high security zones, has landed the short-staffed police department in a quandary. They are at pains to find the required personnel to man these zones.

After a golf ball hit one of the senior police officer’s vehicle near the Chief Minister’s home office Krishna, Mr Parameshwar had announced that areas around Vidhana Soudha, Vikasa Soudha, Lokayukta office, M.S. Building and other important places would be declared high security zones and around 100 police personnel will be deployed around these areas.

Senior police officers are still working out a plan to deploy the personnel, as they are still deciding from where to get the policemen.

A senior police officer said, “After Deputy Chief Minister’s direction, we were trying to draw a plan on ways to deploy the police personnel. But the issue is from where are going to get the required strength. The law and order and crime police personnel cannot be used, as their hands are already full.”

“We will have to rope in personnel from either from the City Armed Reserve (CAR) or District Armed Reserve (DAR) or the Karnataka State Industrial Security Force (KSISF). We will be writing to the authorities concerned about providing the force and depending on their availability, it will be decided,” the officer added.

While another officer mentioned that it was confirmed that the areas mentioned by the Deputy CM will be declared as high-security zones, but it still needs planning like how many personnel will be totally required and how many for each shift.

“These areas will be intensely patrolled and monitored by these personnel along with local jurisdictional inspectors and assistant commissioner of police, who will also be roped in to the monitor the area on a regular basis. It is also being discussed that areas such as M.G. Road, Brigade Road, Majestic and other areas, which sees high public movement will also be provided with intense patrolling to ensure public safety,” the officer mentioned. 

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