Security beefed up in Bangalore

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.