On the occasion of the 66th Independence Day celebration, armed police, heightened security measures, metal-detectors and sniffer dogs are said to be ruling the metropolis of Karnataka, following a red alert from the national capital. .
State authorities have beefed up security measures across the cities of Mysore and Bangalore after being informed by the Intelligence officials of a possible terror strike on Aug 15.
Reports said that Intelligence officials have issued a warning suggesting that the terror element could strike the railway service, especially in Mysore.
Officials have increased security at the toll-gates around the state and are conducting a thorough checking on vehicles in and out of Bangalore and Mysore. The guards at the railway stations are put on stand-by and are equipped with metal-detectors to scan passengers' baggage.
Officials have also sought public cooperation in preventing an unfortunate occurrence during the 66th celebration of Independence Day. Commoners have been instructed to immediately report about suspicious objects or movements to the authorities as the terror scare grips the state.
"We have passed an order to all the districts of Karnataka to be on high alert. All the commissioners and superintendents of police (SPs) have been told to be on duty, monitor their men, thoroughly check the public places and quickly act on the suspected persons," DNA quoted Additional director general of police (law and order) Bipin Gopalakrishna as saying.
Officials were said to be underplaying the red alert, terming it's as a general intelligence input for all the security establishments across the county ahead of Independence Day.
"It is a general country-wide alert ahead of celebrations. The city police too are on alert and have stepped up security at all important places across the city and have strengthened entry/exit points," City police commissioner K L Sudheer quoted by Times Of India.