Cops working on blast leads, revamp of security underway: CoP

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Bangalore, Aug 5 (UNI) City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari today said the police was working on some leads in the July 25 serial blasts and a revamp of the internal security system in Karnataka had been taken up with the new system being in place by October 31.

The police, which is yet to make a breakthrough into the July 25 serial blasts in which one woman was killed and seven injured, was working on some leads and the guilty would be brought to book, he said.

He was speaking at a awareness programme on 'Role of people in prevention and management of disaster in the incidents of bomb blasts and such other incidents,' organised by Karnataka Legal Services Authority here.

''We are conducting investigation on some leads we have got and the culprits would be brought to the books. But it will take some time. Investigations are being done with speed and with most determination,'' he said.

The official said the spate of hoax bomb calls would be put to an end. ''We have so far received 17 such calls and identified nearly 400 cell phone numbers. People who are committing such mischief would be punished. We have arrested two persons and booked five cases in this regard so far.

''Owners of cyber cafes are also being educated on keeping a tab on the visitors,'' he said.

He said the public should help the police by being vigilant about suspicious objects they notice in their office or in public places and inform the police.

''Terrorists always leave back some thing behind like a bag or a suitcase or even a tiffin box tied to a bicycle. We are creating awareness among the people of the city about terror acts,'' he said.

The city police would soon be distributing pamphlets to educate people on terror-related activities, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Acting Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, Mr Justice Deepak Verma, mooted 'police-public' participation in fighting terror acts in the Indian cities.

''We can see that terrorists are resorting to sophisticated methods of using inserted circuits that can blast without a detonator or a timer and even after days of planting a bomb.

''Every citizen should be agile as even minute details of such acts can be of great help in avoiding disasters,'' he said.

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