Police Commissioner says no perceivable threat in IT capital

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Bangalore, Mar 3; City Police Commissioner N Achyuta Rao today said there was no perceivable threat to the city following recent arrests related to terrorist activities. Speaking to UNI here he said the city was safe and the Corps of Detectives (CoD) had taken care of investigation with regard to those arrested in connection with their alleged terrorist links.

However, a strict vigil was kept on at various points in the city as a precautionary measure. He denied that some companies in the Information Technology sector had been targetted by the suspected terrorists and said no company had received such a threat. However, several rounds of meetings had been held involving the Heads of several leading IT companies heads to discuss on strengthening the security measures.

Similar talks were also held with the owners of malls and cyber cafe, he explained.

Answering a question on attack on Indian Institute of Sciences here in 2005, he said one Sabbauddin, arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police recently, had revealed that he had been associated with the attack. He would be brought to the city shortly for further investigation.

To another question he said the seven arrests made recently would in no way affect the flow of foreign investments into the state.

Mr Rao took exception to the proposal made to extend the timing of bars and wine stores beyond midnight and said in the absence of sufficient police strength it would only lead to law and order problem and illegal activities.

The city had a strength of 16000 as against 80,000 in New Delhi and 33000 in Mumbai. "If we have sufficient police strength to do night shift, then the proposal could be implemented," he remarked.

UNI

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