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Plan to deploy CISF in Tirumala temple

Staff Reporter

Stepped-up security proposals not in the wake of Ayodhya incident, says senior police official


  • Bulletproof doors at two places proposed
  • Combing operations to be stepped up
  • Sophisticated jammers to block mobile phone signals
  • Contingency plan in the next two or three months

    HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh police have mooted the installation of bullet-proof doors, costing Rs. 40 lakhs, at two places and the deployment of the Central Industrial Security Force at some points in the Venkateswara temple complex at Tirumala.

    Briefing newsmen here on Monday, Inspector-General of Police (Law and Order), Rayalaseema region, N. Sambasiva Rao, said CISF authorities would be asked to make a feasibility study.

    Different wings such as the Special Protection Force, the civil police, the Armed Reserve of the district police force and TTD security guards provided security in the complex. "Our idea is to bring down the number of agencies and fix responsibility," he said.

    No immediate threat

    Though there was no immediate threat to the temple, combing operations on and around the hills would be stepped up. The Chittoor Superintendent of Police had been directed to spare more forces for the exercise.

    Other proposals included the installation of sophisticated jammers at various points to block signals from mobile phones and other electronic equipment inside and outside the temple and further activating the intelligence set-up to monitor the activities of anti-social elements.

    There was also a proposal to have bulletproof `morchas' at security posts and replace private security guards with Home Guards at places such as Alipiri.

    "We would be preparing a contingency plan in the next two or three months," Mr. Rao said. The Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams were willing to bear the cost of certain security equipment. The IG denied that the security measures were chalked out in the aftermath of the terrorist attack at Ayodhya. "We are just stepping up security."

    The decisions were taken at a meeting with Director-General of Police Swaranjit Sen here on Monday. Mr. Sen visited Tirumala on July 3.

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