On Friday, Bengaluru will turn into a fortress with unprecedented deployment of local, state and central police forces. Central police forces will be deployed with four companies of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), two companies of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) in action.
Besides the police deployment made in Mysuru, KRS Dam, Mandya, Kabini, the same number of police personnel will be deployed on Friday as they are anticipating trouble from antisocial elements.
The city and state police made preventive arrests through the night on Thursday-Friday all over the state. The DGP has requested two KSRP platoons from Kerala, which will be deployed at the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border and also one state reserve police force platoon from Andhra Pradesh, which will be deployed in north Karnataka districts. Police officials expect those who had taken part in the Mahadayi protests to join hands with Cauvery agitators on Friday.
The city police commissioner, N.S. Megharikh, said on Thursday that foolproof security arrangements have been made in the city following the bandh call and the Ganesha festival to make sure no untoward incidents happen. More security personnel have been deployed at sensitive areas across the city including Shivajinagar and Tannery Road, which have a substantial Tamil population.
The city police have deployed 36 Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) platoons, 30 City Armed Reserves (CAR) platoons and 1,000 Home Guards, along with 16,000 police personnel, for the bandobust, which will be supervised by 16 DCPs, 21 ACPs, 105 police inspectors, 177 sub-inspectors, 327 assistant sub-inspectors, 929 head constables and 1976 police constables. In addition, 260 Hoysalas vehicles will be patrolling to make sure no untoward incident happens. A water jet along with special Rural Intervention Vehicles (RIV) vehicles will be deployed to deal with any untoward incident, a senior police officer added.