Following Wednesday's expose, top officials of various departments attend high-level meeting at Vidhana Soudha to review and plan upgrade of security arrangements in city

The reality check of security measures at the Karnataka High Court yesterday following the Delhi HC blast, exposed several the chinks in the armour and started the alarm bells clanging over the safety of other important installations across the city.

Fort Knox? City Police Commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji (left) along
with Senior police officers at the entrance of the Karnataka High Court
following Wednesday's bomb blast in Delhi High Court. Pic/Ramesh H S

Following MiD DAY's expose, a closed-door high level meeting was held at the Vidhana Soudha yesterday and attended by top officials from the Home Department, Police Force, Intelligence Bureau and Internal Security to review the security arrangements in place at various important installations in the city.Confirming this, senior officials from the IB claimed that they have provided the board with expert information, which could help them increase the level of security. "We have reviewed the present security arrangements at all important buildings in the city and have devised a plan to upgrade the quality of security," said a senior official from the IB.

Furthermore, the commissioner of police clarified that the task force and the police force have been put on high alert, following the Delhi blasts. The advocate general and the registrar general met in the presence of senior police and home department officials to discuss the matter. "We have planned to put in place certain security systems, which would certainly at first cause inconvenience, but is crucial. In light of the Delhi blasts, we have introduced a quick response team at all the sensitive zones, especially the Karnataka HC and the BIAL," said B Jyotiprakash Mirji. He further added that a special baggage-check system would be introduced at the HC to ensure screening of everything entering the premises.

New order
"Everyone entering the court will be strictly screened and people are expected to co-operate with the police force. We will be putting up a notice of all the places where special checks would be introduced. The HC gate 2 would be only for judges and senior court officials, while gate 3 would be for petitioners and other members of junior positions."

He also informed that parking arrangements for those visiting the court would be moved to the adjacent Press Club Road and entrance of the Hotel Jubilee Court would be a strictly no entry zone. "We are installing CCTV cameras immediately at all sensitive areas and have deputed extra personnel at shopping malls and
multiplexes in the city," Mirji said.