The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to put several security measures in place at the Mecca Masjid in the wake of the recent bomb blast.
Minorities Welfare Minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir held a review with the officials of Minorities Welfare and Archaeology departments to firm up the security plan.
"We will decide on appointment of security guards, training of volunteers, increasing the height of the compound wall and setting up metal detectors after holding discussions with religious leaders and police officers. Arrangements will be made for keeping the belongings and foot wear of the people visiting the mosque," Shabbir said.
He also announced that the government would build a new marble and granite chabutra (platform) in place of the one that got damaged in the bomb explosion at the mosque. He said that the Minorities Welfare department has sanctioned Rs 30 lakh for setting up water facility and construction of another gate at the mosque.
Archaeology Director J Kedareswari said that a proposal has been sent to the Government of India seeking Rs 1 crore for preservation and renovation of Mecca Masjid and Charminar.
Meanwhile, the police authorities have decided to install closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras at 20 points within the mosque premises to keep a tab on the movement of suspicious persons.
There will be arrangements for video-graphing of the people going into the mosque and coming out. Two door-frame metal detectors will also be installed at the mosque’s main gate to conduct security checks. "These security measures would be in place round-the-clock and not just for the Friday prayers, which are well attended." Deputy Commissioner of Police South Zone M Kanta Rao said.
The number of Muslim plain clothed policemen deployed in the mosque during Friday prayers would be increased.