Floodlights will be installed for better visibility, and the police will also be armed with night-vision binoculars to monitor the situation.

Over 500 cameras to keep an eye on Brigade Road on New Years Eve
news Civic Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 12:32

After reports of ‘mass molestation’ in Bengaluru dominated headlines last New Year’s Eve, the Bengaluru police are pulling out all stops to ensure that security arrangements are in place for New Year's Eve.

They have installed over 500 HD cameras on Brigade Road and surrounding areas. The feed from the CCTV monitors will be monitored live by a team of policemen, who will give updates based on it to their colleagues on the ground.

The police are also arranging security in the city’s popular areas where crowds usually gather on New Year’s Eve. Cauvery Emporium and MG Road will also be on the scanner on December 31.

“People near MG Road will not be allowed to gather as there is no event taking place. They will be asked to move toward Brigade Road,” said Chandragupta, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Bengaluru.

Floodlights will be installed for better visibility, and the police will also be armed with night-vision binoculars in different watch towers to monitor the situation. Patrolling would be intensified in other areas of the city surrounding MG Road including Fraser Town, Shivajinagar and Halasuru, reported The Hindu.

While police contend that the heightened media coverage surrounding New Year’s Eve in Bengaluru last year was unfair, they are pulling out all stops to ensure that there is no repeat of the last year’s incidents.

Last year, reports based on the pictures clicked by a photographer for Bangalore Mirror sparked outrage and protests by citizen groups. Mirror had pictures of three women, who it called 'victims of mass molestation'. Mirror also said that the revelry, close to midnight, on MG Road and Brigade Road, had become so lewd that women were forced to "literally take off their stilettos and run for help."

In a move that has stirred up controversy in the city, police also barred Bollywood actor Sunny Leone from performing at a private party on New Year’s Eve, citing that it will be a security nightmare. The organisers moved the High Court, which has set December 25 deadline for police to take a call on whether she could perform at the party at White Orchid Hotel in Nagavara.

 

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