The Bengaluru Police have decided to increase the presence of their personnel at Brigade Road on December 31 after several women were allegedly molested there on New Year’s Eve in 2016, the Hindustan Times reported on Monday. The police presence on MG Road, another popular haunt on New Year’s Eve, will also be increased.
“We are increasing the police presence in the MG Road-Brigade Road area,” said Bengaluru Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar. However, he claimed that “similar arrangements” had been made in the past too.
The Bengaluru Police also plan to divide Brigade Road on the basis of gender, The Times of India reported. While 70% of the road space will be reserved for men, 30% will be reserved for women. “However, women can accompany men into the male area if their partners are confident about ensuring their security,” an unidentified senior police officer told the daily.
Around 10,000 policemen will be on duty across Bengaluru on New Year’s Eve, the Hindustan Times said. Unidentified police officers also told the daily that 200 CCTV cameras will be added to the existing 715. The police department will also set up watch towers to monitor the crowd at Brigade Road and MG Road.
The Karnataka High Court has directed the Bengaluru Police to ensure that there is no repeat of 2016’s mass molestation incidents this year.