A crude bomb was found in an Bangalore BMTC Bus late night yesterday. At first the conductor who found it is reported to have thought that it might be some Black magic powder and he actually carried the package out of the Bus and put it on the platform. But after seeing “some wires” hanging out of the package he got suspicious and called in the authorities.
Bangalore is not very alert about security issues unlike Delhi or Mumbai. Very surprising considering the city hosts a big Army Base and several Defence production and R&D institutions plus of course the famed IT/BPO companies. There is no security drill here ever, and the police are happy carrying lathis, growing potbellies and flicking some easy money out of street hawkers and harassing innocent motorists.
The very fact that the conductor, a “trained” public services personnel failed to report a suspicious package immediately and instead carried it outside the bus himself is cause for concern. If this is his level of alertness what does it say of the ordinary members of the public?
As usual the inept Government has decided to lock the stable door after the horse has bolted. They have now “tightened” security with the help of the Bangalore police (with their lathis, potbellies and outstretched greasy hands) at all important public places like bus stations, rail stations, airports and of course their own houses and cars.