Hi-tech security for Tamil conference

Coimbatore: Over 10,000 police personnel would be deployed for the World Classical Tamil Conference, said Director General of Police, Letika Saran on Monday.

Ms. Letika Saran along with Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order), K. Radhakrishnan along with City Police Commissioner, C. Sylendra Babu and Inspector-General of Police, West Zone, P. Sivanandi addressed the officers drafted from various places on the nature of work, individual responsibilities.

Later talking to reporters, Ms. Letika Saran said that police personnel have been drafted from other districts except from Tirupur, Erode, the Nilgiris and Coimbatore Rural considering the work load in these districts.

In addition to police personnel, 1,000 Home Guards, 1,000 NCC cadets, 4,000 NSS volunteers and a number of traffic wardens would be deployed.

The city police have established “May I Help You” booths at bus stands, railway stations, airport and other public places.

The security measures has been drawn up in such a way that buses will ply as usual and there would be no disruption to normal life.

Traffic would be allowed on Avanashi Road on all days except on June 23 from afternoon to 10 p.m., the first day of the conference, when the floats procession commences from VOC Park Grounds to CODISSIA Trade fair complex.

Ms. Letika Saran and Mr. Radhakrishnan said that for the first time, the police have go in for hi-tech security gadgets as part of the arrangements.

Surveillance cameras

Surveillance cameras have been fitted on Avanashi Road, CODISSIA area and across the city.

These cameras are hooked to the police control room as well as the temporary arrangement functioning at CODISSIA from the planetarium building.

In addition, camera-fitted balloons to fly at 1,000 ft height would maintain vigil for a two to three km radius.

Similarly, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a glider type, battery and remote operated small aircraft fitted with cameras would be flying over Coimbatore maintaining vigil for 15 km to 20 km.

On threat perceptions for the meet, Ms. Letika Saran said that whatever intelligence inputs that come across are issued as alerts to the personnel and Intelligence sleuths are closely monitoring those who are opposing the conference.

About the announcement of the toddy movement planning to sell toddy at the conference venue, Ms. Letika Saran said that any action contrary to the law will be dealt with seriously.

Mischief on tracks

When asked about the blasting of a track near Tindivanam recently and mischief on tracks at Vijayamangalam in Erode district and at Pattabhiram in Tiruvallur district, Ms. Letika Saran said that Erode and Tiruvallur incidents are mischief acts while Tindivanam incident was being investigated.

source : The Hindu

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