Security beefed up in city ahead of rathyatra, 3000 detained

Last Updated: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 22:54

Ahmedabad: Security has been beefed up in
wake of rathyatra of Lord Jagannath to be held on July 13 in
city and over 3000 persons have been detained as a preventive
measure.

Over 14,000 policemen have been deployed across the city
along with 4,500 home guards, while 40 cameras have been set
up for continuous video recording and monitoring of the 133rd
rathyatra, said Joint Police Commissioner, Satish Sharma here
today.

Sharma said special provisions have been made in
communally sensitive areas like Shahpur where one person was
killed during recent clashes between two communities.

"We have made special deployment in sensitive areas of
the city like Shahpur. We also had a talk with the members of
both the communities and held meeting of the peace committees,
who have assured us that the rathyatra would be peaceful,"
Sharma told reporters here.

He said over 3000 persons which include history-sheeters
and anti-social elements have been put under preventive
detention as a precautionary measure.

When asked if there were Intelligence inputs of any
kind of threat during the rathyatra, Sharma said there were no
such inputs.

"However, looking at the size of the event and the huge
number of people involved in it, adequate security
arrangements have been made," he said, adding they were all
geared up for the grand event.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 22:54

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