Mumbai Police geared up for Ganesh festival: Jadav

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Mumbai, Sep 13 (UNI) Mumbai Police Commissioner D N Jadhav today assured that the city police has chalked out elaborate security measures for the upcoming Ganesh festivities and in view of the Ramzan month for the Metropolis.

Addressing media persons here at the Police Club, the Commissioner said that in view of the recent Hyderabad blasts and past terror attacks in the state, some 2,600 officers, 11,000 constables and an equal number of home guards will be pressed into bandobast and security duties during the festivities.

Mr Jadhav said that additional forces such as companies of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and other para-military units will also be put on alert to be pressed into service as per requirements.

The Commissioner said that this time, mandals have also been asked to assist the police by forming volunteer groups of 15-20 each and also to hire services of private security guards in view of the increasing security and communal threats.

''We are trying to issue some form of identity to the volunteer groups like caps or shorts and are also sensitising the groups to handle basic security operations such as frisking and monitoring,'' Mr Jadhav added.

Ramzan month is coinciding with the forthcoming Ganesh festivities after a span of 30 years, hence security measures are from two perspectives 'terror threat' and 'communal threat', Mr Jadhav asserted.

In addition, help from Non Government Organisations (NGOs), Volunteer Organisations, Mohalla Committees and Peace Groups are also being sought to maintain harmony, law and order during the festivities and while observing Ramzan by the two communities, he said.

The commissioner also said that preventive arrests and prohibitory orders will also be issued to prevent any untoward incidents.

When quizzed about the night deadlines for the mandals, Mr Jadhav replied that as per Apex Court directives its 2200 hours, but the State Government may extend two hours depending on the location, size and demography of the mandals.

The Commissioner appealed to the electronic media to exercise restraint and avoid sensationalising stray incidents as major news developments.

UNI

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