Bangalore: Security has been stepped up at
vital installations in the IT capital including commercial and
industrial establishments on the eve of the 26/11 Mumbai
terror attacks and an army Commando battalion kept as standby
to assist the local police in case of any untoward incident.
A battalion of Commando Force from the Indian Army has
been stationed at Bangalore to assist the city police to deal
with incidents of terror, a top police official said.
This force can be requisitioned by the police
commissioner in times of exigency, Shankar Bidari police
commissioner said in a statement here today.
"Forming a Commando Force from out of the strength of
city Armed Reserve comprising 200 personnel is also in
progress," he said.
Police is also monitoring movements and activities of
persons suspected to be having links with terror outfits.
Heavy weapons like AK-47 and SLRs have been procured in
adequate numbers besides bullet proof jackets and helmets.
Information and intelligence network to keep surveillance
on activities of suspicious elements having contacts with
terror organisations has also been established, Bidari said.
Close coordination is being maintained with police units
of neighbouring states and other metropolitan cities and also
Central government agencies to combat terrorism.
Thirty-five city police personnel will soon be trained by
the Indo-Tibetan Border Police in anti-terror tactics and will
later be stationed at the IT hub in Whitefield where over four
lakh IT professionals are employed, he said.