Bangalore: With the Ganesha festivities beginning on Monday, the city police have heightened security in and around the city.
In complete preparations for preventing untoward incidents triggered by possible terror elements in Bangalore, city police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar said that about 900 civil policemen, along with 100 home guards and 62 platoons of state reserve and city armed reserve personnel, will be deployed across the city. The personnel will be manning areas near lakes where Ganesha idol immersion is scheduled to take place, starting Monday evening.
The personnel will be deployed at Ulsoor Lake, Sankey Tank, Yediyur Lake and Hebbal Lake where immersions normally take place every year.
Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been installed near the lakes and the crowds will be closely monitored by the city police from a control room in real time. CCTVs have also been installed at sensitive areas across the city to ensure that the law and order mechanism does not break down.
Similar measures are being taken in Mumbai, as the police top brass of the city have received an alert from the Intelligence Bureau ahead of Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations about the megalopolis being targeted by terror elements.
Bangalore police too are on their toes, especially after the April 17 blast near Kadu Malleswara Temple next to the BJP office in Malleswaram on April 17, ahead of the state assembly elections this year