Decoy operations find gaping holes in Hyderabad security

Notices issued to Lumbini Park and 60 business establishments for security lapses

Published: 27th March 2013 11:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th March 2013 11:12 AM   |  A+A-

Seems like upping the security after twin blasts that ripped Dilsukhnagar was only a temporary zealous reaction to curbing such activities, as decoy operations carried out by cops at various places in the city on Tuesday revealed gaping holes in the security measures being taken at these places.

Notices were issued to at least 60 business establishments, malls, hotels, and hospitals in Secunderabad in view of security lapses.

The Saifabad police sent as many as five policemen in mufti with pistols into the Lumbini Park, which was a blast site in the serial blasts that ripped the city in 2007.

Without being frisked, the cops were allowed inside. Later, the five moved to all corners of the park, but none noticed the weapons.

“Finding fault with security lapses, we issued notices to Buddha Pournami Project Authority (BPPA) officials to take necessary steps to prevent untoward incidents,” Saifabad assistant commissioner of police KV Ramnarasimha Reddy said. 

Apart from Lumbini Park, cops also conducted such operations in various malls, business establishments, shops and banks in Secunderabad to assess the efficiency of security systems.

Police entered a congested hotel on SD Road with weapons, but here too not one person noticed it.

They also found several lapses in hotels with regard to security of visitors. Cops then summoned hotel authorities and explained to them about the ‘operation’.

The other major security failure was the non-functional metal detectors installed at shopping malls, hotels and business establishments.

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