Police, security agencies to work for peaceful 'Kanwar Mela'

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Dehra Dun, Jul 15 (UNI) Senior police officials of five neighbouring states, along with security agencies, have decided to work together to thwart possible terrorist attacks ahead of the 'Kawar Mela' this year and maintain law and order.

At the Fifth Inter-State Agency Coordination Conference held here yesterday, police officials from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana, along with officials from IB, RAW, SSB, Revenue Intelligence and Narcotics Bureau, reviewed parameters for ensuring that this year's 'Kanwar Mela' is held peacefully.

The annual congregration is expected to draw an estimated six lakh pilgrims to Uttarakhand during the Hindu month of 'sawaan' from the northern states of UP, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Bihar.

Presiding the meet, Uttarakhand DGP Subash Joshi said the institution of providing security by police could be realised through joint coordination, sharing intelligence reports and team spirit between the five states.

He said after the formation of Uttarakhand, the state police had moulded itself to become more capable and confident of handling all sorts of criminal activities.

During the meeting, officls discussed preparations for the 'Kumbh Mela' and issues such as curbing the smuggling of narcotics, forged currency and maoist activities.

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