The Bengaluru city police strengthened security to prevent any untoward incident following the arrest of former Congress minister DK Shivakumar, last night, by Enforcement Directorate officials, in an alleged money laundering case in New Delhi.
Besides the additional bandobast for Ganesha Chaturthi, the city police have requisitioned 10 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police for deployment in sensitive areas such as South, South East, North and North East zones in Bengaluru. One platoon comprises 30 personnel.
“All senior police officers are on night rounds and steps have been taken to monitor law and order situation,” an officer said. Police security near offices of Central government agencies like the Income Tax, Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation have been strengthened.
Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao told The New Indian Express that security was already scaled up for the Ganesha festivities and the fourth General Assembly of Association of Election Bodies and International Conference, which is scheduled to be held in the city on Wednesday. “The vigil will be further escalated following the new development (of Shivakumar’s arrest),” Rao said.
Meanwhile, state police officers said they were anticipating political backlash from Congress and Shivakumar’s supporters on Wednesday morning. “We are expecting trouble from Shivakumar’s supporters. He has a huge political and fan following across the state, especially in South Karnataka,” a police officer said.