Vadodara: Gujarat Government has made
elaborate security arrangements ahead of the Navratri festival
beginning from Wednesday.
"All action plans of security are being put in place in
different parts of the state," Gujarat Director General of
Police Chittaranjan Singh said over phone.
Besides the state capital, security in cities like
Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and other parts of the state has been
Gujarat is always on the alert as was witnessed during
Ganesh festival celebrations and the famous fair held at the
Ambaji temple located on the hill top of Aravali mountain in
In order to ensure that Navratri festival passes off
peacefully, private security guards and additional closed
circuit television (CCTVs) cameras have been installed at the
vantage points at the venues where garba (traditional navratri
dance) is performed every night, police said.
"The festival sees a massive turnout of people on all
days. It is difficult to check each person`s identity.
However, we will have entry-level security checks, including
metal detectors and individual frisking. Policemen and
vehicles will be stationed outside the main gate of the
venue," Singh said.
The DGP said the venues will be scanned by a bomb
detection squad and sniffer dogs before the main event
commences every night.
Singh informed that Rapid Action Force and State Reserve
Police will be deployed at the venues where garbas will be