Hyderabad: The city police have made
elaborate security arrangements ahead of immersion of Ganesh
idols and verdict on Ayodhya title suit scheduled next week.
"Whatever law and order arrangements we are making for
the Ganesh idol immersion ceremony will continue till
September 24 (the day verdict on Ayodhya title suit is
expected). Prohibitory orders issued under Section 144 CrPc
shall remain in force till the evening of September 28,"
Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan told reporters today.
The culmination of 11-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival will
be held on September 22 wherein over 13,000 idols of Lord
Ganesha will be immersed in Hussainsagar and tanks surrounding
the city following mammoth processions.
"We have held talks with political parties, religious
heads and community leaders on the measures required to
maintain peace and all these people have assured us that
whichever way the judgement goes they (both) would maintain
peace and calm," the police commissioner said.
Over 25,000 police personnel drawn from all over the
state besides personnel of RAF are also being deployed for the
Ganesh immersion event. The Army has also been asked to be on
the standby, Khan said adding, "We have been keeping
surveillance on communal offenders and stern action is being
taken against them for any attempts to disturb the communal
Reacting to query in the wake of firing incident near
Jama Masjid at Delhi today, he said, "We are going to review
the (security) situation here. There is threat to some cities
including Hyderabad also."
As many as 272 hyper sensitive and 543 sensitive places
have been identified and 475 mobile parties are moving in
these areas to ensure smooth conduct of the Ganesh festival,
Police are also carrying out vehicle checks and frisking
at all entry points to the city and public places like railway
stations, bus stations, shopping malls, cinema halls, hotels,
restaurants and keeping a constant watch on strangers movement
for which it is also utilising services of 80 Special Police
officers (ex-Army men) in their anti-sabotage checks.
The City Security Wing of city police deployed 30 Bomb
Disposal Teams and two Access Control Teams each at
Khairatabad Ganesh Pandal and Ganesh Pandal in Secunderabad
and combing different parts of the city, the police officer
said, adding the anti-sabotage teams will be using the
services of 30 sniffer dogs.
Over 12 lakh people are expected to participate in the
final Ganesh immersion procession and the event is being
covered by more than 600 video cameras, Khan said.