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Vidhan Soudha to get steel fencing
By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, JAN. 1. The Commissioner of Police, Bangalore, Mr. H.T.Sangliana, along with senior police and Public Works Department officials today inspected the Vidhan Soudha and the Legislators' Home to study the security needs, in view of the recent Government decision on the issue, following the suicide attack on Parliament House on December 13.

Mr. Sangliana, accompanied by the Additional Commissioner of Police, Mr. B.J.Mirji, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), Mr. Gopal Hosur, who toured the entire area from the Thimmaiah Circle to Devaraj Urs Circle and later the Legislators' Home, discussed with the PWD officials the kind and extent of fencing needed for the building.

Expressing unhappiness over the scene along the compound of the Raj Bhavan, he told presspersons that the present fencing near the footpath on all sides of the Vidhan Soudha would be replaced with a strong 10-foot high steel fencing.

Asked if similar security would be provided to the High Court building, the Legislators' Home, and the Raj Bhavan, Mr. Sangliana said he could not answer it. He was reminded by a pressperson that the Legislators' Home, which had a police station with a sub-inspector in-charge of its security, was frequented by visitors almost round-the-clock, particularly when the House was in session.

The century-old High Court and Raj Bhavan buildings, which did not have any security cover, particularly from the Cubbon Park side and from the Raj Bhavan Road side, needed to be given extra security. The High Court building had an exclusive police station.

It is said that there was no mention of security being provided to other important buildings on Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Veedhi such as the General Post Office and the Visvesvaraya Towers and the multi-storeyed building, which houses offices of many senior IAS officers.

Meanwhile, there is a discernible reduction in the number of visitors near the chambers of ministers in the Vidhan Soudha, thanks to tight security. But there seems to be some relaxation on the part of the policemen posted near all the four entrances of the building.

The Government, it is said, is thinking of keeping the responsibility of security of the campus comprising Vidhan Soudha, the High Court, the Legislators' Home, and the Raj Bhavan, under a police officer not below the rank of an Assistant Commissioner of Police. Now, the entire area comes under an Assistant Commissioner of Police, who is in-charge of Cubbon Park, Vidhan Soudha, Sadashivanagar, and Seshadripuram police stations, apart from those stations housed in the above buildings.

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