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Bangalore to ring in '06 amid tight security

Security has been stepped up at a five star hotel and Chief Minister N Dharam Singh's residence after bomb threats.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2006 00:17 IST

The high-level investigation into Wednesday's terror attack has been intensified, as Bangalore is set to ring in the new year amid unprecedented security.

"Investigation is going on," Bangalore Police Commissioner Ajay Kumar Singh said. He said a number of people have been questioned but added that nobody has been detained.

It's business as usual in the country's technology hub with an overwhelming section of people going about their normal lives. A large posse of policemen, quick reaction teams and bomb disposal squads have been deployed in the city, home to big software firms, DRDO labs and the likes of Bharat Electronics Ltd and ISRO.

Security has been stepped up at a five star hotel and Chief Minister N Dharam Singh's residence following a fax message threatening to trigger bomb explosions there on New Year's eve by "Al-Jihadees".

Hotel evacuated

[Bangalore police on Saturday ordered the evacuation of all guests from the Grand Ashok, a five-star hotel in the city, following a bomb threat targeting New Year's Eve celebrations, a report said.]

The special team, headed by a DIG, which is probing the attack, is also questioning people and also gathering information from police of some other states, looking for clues to crack the case, which the state police have taken up as a "challenge".

Police on Friday released a computer-generated portrait of the suspected terrorist, with the help of witnesses and the injured, of the Wednesday evening attack outside a conference hall in the Indian Institute of Science campus, that left a retired IIT Delhi professor dead and four wounded.

Meanwhile, Bangaloreans seem to be in no mood to let security arrangements come in the way of New Year celebrations. Some said they don't want to venture out this evening not because they anticipate any trouble but that they don't want to take any chances.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 20:49 IST