Bangalore city police commissioner Jyoti Prakash Mirji on Saturday, Aug 18 announced that a total of 17,000 security officials have been assigned for the job of maintaining law and order situation in the city.
17,000 officials including three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), three platoons of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and thirty five of Karnataka Special Reserve Police (KSRP) platoons will be deployed in Bangalore. Special security measures will be taken at the sensitive regions.
Karnataka Home Minister R Ashoka is also expected to join the officials during the two-day patrolling all around the city, sources informed on Sunday.
Many raised eyebrows when the commissioner announced that 17,000 officials will be deployed as Bangalore has never witnessed such huge security arrangement on the day of Ramazan.
The decision of increasing security in the city seems to have been taken following the hullabaloo and rumours which compelled almost 30,000 North-East people to leave the city.
Some messages are alleged to have threatened North-easterners saying that they will be attacked if they do not flee from cities such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and other states before Ramazan.
While few people are reported to be facing threats and assaults, majority of the people did not even get the alleged threatening message.
Both Central and state governments claimed that it was all rumour and sources on Sunday also suspected Pakistan's hand behind spreading such rumours against the North-East people.
Union Home Secretary stated that the threatening messages might have been originated from Pakistan, though the neighbour country refused to accept any role in connection with the anti-Northeasterners move.
Government on Friday banned bulk SMS, MMS for next 15 days to prevent spreading of such rumours. Many people said that social networking sites too should be shut in the country temporarily.
Bangalore police arrested 16 people for allegedly spreading rumours in the city. Three of them have been identified. Aneez Pasha, Thaseen Nawaz and Salman Pasha were arrested from Koramangala for spreading provocative SMS and MMS.
However, sources on Sunday informed that the mass exodus from Bangalore and other cities have declined. Indian Railways have also cancelled the special trains which were allocated to those who wanted to leave Bangalore.
Meanwhile, sources from Assam government informed that many people, who reached Guwahati, expressed their desire to return to Bangalore to continue with their respective jobs.