No perceivable threat to IT capital: Bangalore police

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Bangalore, Mar 3 (UNI) Bangalore city Police Commissioner N Achyuta Rao today said there was no perceivable threat to the city in the wake of the recent arrest of suspected terrorists.

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 for their alleged terrorist links.

However, a strict vigil was maintained at various points in the city as a precautionary measure, he added.

Mr Rao denied that some companies in the Information Technology sector had been targetted by terrorists and said no company had received any such threat. However, several rounds of meetings had been held involving the heads of several leading IT firms to strengthen security measures. Similar talks were also held with the owners of malls and cyber cafes, he explained.

To a question on the attack on the Indian Institute of Sciences here, 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.

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 shops 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 16,000 policemen, as against 80,000 in New Delhi and 33,000 in Mumbai.

''If we have sufficient police strength to do night shift, then the proposal can be implemented,'' he said.

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