Police demarcate areas for HC security
The court campus has been divided into core and non-core areas
CHENNAI: Gun-totting commandos from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) are all set to guard the Madras High Court campus and its building from the scheduled date of November 16. A clear demarcation was done on Saturday on the areas which will be guarded by the city police and the Central force.
There are 93 courts apart from the Madras High Court which has around 40 halls. While nearly 450 CISF personnel will man the High Court premises and its entries, over 200 men from the armed reserve battalion and the city police will guard the gates to the other courts on the campus.
According to sources, the campus has been divided into core and non-core areas. The core areas include the High Court buildings, advocates entry, car parking and entry into court halls, administration office and offices of the registrar general, public prosecutors and other supporting officials.
The remaining areas to be guarded by the city police are the non-core areas.
“There are five entry points to the court – North Gate and Aavin Gate on NSC Bose Road, Judges Entry, Esplanade Gate and South Gate on North Fort Road. There are also two entries through which people can walk in, one through a wicket gate near the Bar Council building on NSC Bose Road and Alternate Disputes Resolution Building on North Fort Road,” said a police source.
The city police will be guarding the left side of the South Gate which has all the small courts and the right side will be secured by the CISF. “We will also be in charge of the Aavin Gate, Esplanade gate and a new gate coming up adjacent to the South Gate,” added the source.
The North Gate will be allotted for entry of advocate vehicles and they will park the cars in the space on left and right side.
“This will be manned by the CISF personnel. Meanwhile, an area near the South gate has been allotted for the Court staff to park their vehicles,” another police source said.
Besides, the existing method for issuing pass to visitors to the small courts will continue near the Esplanade Gate.
“The CISF is also planning to have an arrangement near the Indian Bank, inside the court premises, to issue passes for those who want to enter the Madras High Court,” the source added.
Plans for two more entrances
Talking to reporters after reviewing the arrangements made in the High Court campus, CISF’s Inspector-General (South Sector) Vinaytosh Mishra said “There are three entrances leading to the High Court now and we are planning to make two more entrances available for the public so as to manage the crowd. The arrangements would be similar to the ones made in the airport.”
He said that the CISF personnel will be checking the bags and identity cards of those entering the High Court. “We will be installing metal frame door detectors separately for men and women. The arrangement will be similar to airports,” he added.