Madurai, Sep 14 (UNI) A day ahead of 'Vinayakar Chathurthi' festival, security has been stepped up at the historic Meenakshi Sundareswar temple and other places of worship here to ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of the festival, including the immersion procession in the Southern districts of Tamil Nadu.
Senior police official of the State Intelligence Section (IS) told UNI here that following the recent twin blasts at Hyderabad and the intelligence alert, a three-pronged security measure was clamped in the Southern districts, especially in Madurai city.
Over 3,000 police personnel, including the Armed Reserve Police and Tamil Nadu Special Police Batallion, were deployed. Armed police protection was also given to all the important temples, churches and mosques in the district.
For the first time the police would be conducting a flag march in the immersion procession routes here this evening, to instil confidence among the local people.
He said two immersion processions would be taken out in the city on September 16 and 17 for which the police had planned to install sophisticated cameras at important junctions to monitor the movement of the vehicles.
Police had installed jammer equipments at Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple to deactivate cell phones. The sleuths of Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads (BDDS) would use Explosive Vapour Devices, that could detect explosive substances concealed in any form, he added.
According to a press relase issued here, Madurai District Collector S S Jawahar had appealed to all sections of the people to cooperate for the peaceful conduct of Vinayakar Chathurthi festival.
Processions should be taken out only through the routes permitted and people should not carry sticks and raise slogans against any community during the procession, he added.