The Hyderabad police have sent 127 notices to commercial establishments including, malls and theatres, asking them to be more vigilant in their security procedures, following an Intelligence Bureau-issued alert on the possibility of a terror strike this festival season.
Senior police officials added that they would also undertake an anti-terrorism awareness campaign shortly to keep citizens informed on the possible security threats in the city. “Four anti-sabotage teams have already been pressed into action in Old City. They are focusing on religious places everyday. There are also 12 teams across the city doing anti-sabotage checks,” an official told TOI, adding that although the alert issued by the Intelligence Bureau was a general one, the police are not taking any chances as the month of Ramzan is already underway and Ganesh festival is just around the corner.
Officials have already expressed concern that there are no CCTVs monitoring crowded areas like Sultan Bazaar and Badi Chowdi, and some other localities in Old City. They pointed out that in Mumbai, shop owners came forward in arranging CCTVs, unlike here where even a meeting between officials and shopkeepers has failed to produce any results.
Security agencies in the city have already been informed of the alert. Hyderabad police commissioner AK Khan has made it clear that the agencies would be held accountable for any incidents caused by security lapse on their part. TOI