Karnataka put on high alert over possible terror attack

Karnataka State police and central agencies personnel stationed in the state have been put on high alert following inputs from central intelligence agencies about a possible terror attack. Specifically, the state capital Bengaluru and coastal regions of Karnataka have been out on a high alert on Friday. In Mangaluru, police have picked up four people for questioning after the alert was issued. Police, however, refused to divulge details of the persons.

INS Kadamba Naval Base, Karwar, Indian Coast Guards, Uttara Kannada district police and Coastal Security Police have tightened security in the coastal region, while police commissioner Bhaskar Rao issued orders to his subordinates to beef up security at all vital installations in Bengaluru. They include iconic installations, Vidhana Soudha, Vikasa Soudha, High Court, railway stations, Bengaluru Metro, BMTC, KSRTC Bus Stations, schools, malls, five-star hotels and locations with high footfalls. Security at the Kempegowda International Airport, railway stations and bus stations has been strengthened till further orders from the Centre, he added.

Sources said that the alert has been issued following various developments including abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir. “The alert has been there since last 2-3 days. Not only Karnataka, but the alert has also been issued to entire south India,” an official of a Central intelligence agency said.

Besides, he has also ordered posting of pickets, ensuring all CCTvs are working in their respective areas, high level of police presence and continuous visibility, verifying antecedents of suspected persons and vehicles and unattended baggage, and suspicious vehicles to be seized. He has also directed private security persons to be sensitised at the police station level.

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