25,000 police personnel to secure Jagannath Rath Yatra

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 24-06-2022 | 06:00 am

25,000 police personnel to secure Jagannath Rath Yatra

Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi on Thursday told the police to use as much technology as possible to ensure that the 145th Rathyatra of Lord Jagannath is safe and peaceful.The minister who was at the city’s Crime Branch office to review the preparations for the yatra was briefed about the police bandobast and other security measures put in place.“We will keep a watch using body-worn cameras linked to the control room and drones. The police will also install face-detection cameras to identify and nab anti-social elements roaming in the procession’s route,” Sanghavi said.As many as 25,000 security personnel on duty, 200 of them with body-worn cameras, will turn the Old City into a fortress on the day of the Rathyatra on July 1.“Apart from the regular constabulary, we will deploy 68 companies of the State Reserve Police and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to maintain law and order during the Rathyatra,” Sanghavi told reporters.Eight DGPs or Inspector General rank officers, 30 Superintendent of Police rank officers and 135 Assistant Commissioner of Police rank officers are also part of the arrangement.Cops who have worked extensively in the areas through which the yatra passes are being stationed at critical points along the route.The state machinery is leaving no stone unturned to secure the event in light of the recent threat of Al Qaeda attacks in the state.Cops are carrying out intensive combing operations in advance and have also organised several events including cricket matches to ensure peace between communities.A full-fledged Rathyatra is being organised in city after two years, as this mega religious event was held in a restricted manner in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.In 2020, only a symbolic Rathyatra was organised in the premises of the Lord Jagannath temple, after the Gujarat High Court denied permission for the usual public procession. Last year, only three chariots and two other vehicles had covered the entire route and returned without the usual festivity, as no other vehicle, singing troupes, akhadas, elephants or decorated trucks were permitted.

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