Allahabad, Oct 26 (UNI) The police jawans to be deployed in the Ardhkumbh Mela taking place January next year at Sangam- the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati - will be trained to interact and behave with devotees coming in the mela.
Talking to UNI here, Senior Superintendent Police, Ardhkumbh Mela, Rajiv Sabharwal said that, besides central reserve force, eleven thousand jawans of the civil police would be deployed in and around the venue. He said they have decided to train the jawans about how to behave and interact with devotees, importance of the mela and various other things including geography and the set-up of the Mela. The physical fitness of the jawans and their behaviour would be important considerations.
He said that during the mela, specially on important bathing days, there would be intensive police patrolling in both the rivers.
The jawans would be provided with mechanised boats for this purpose.
Jawans would also be deployed on the 14 phontoon bridges, which would be constructed on both rivers.
The entry points of the district are also being identified and checking of people entering in the Allahabad city and mela would be mandatory.
Mr Sabharwal said that they have decided to form 12 ''quick response'' teams to be deployed in the mela. These teams would be available in case of any emergency.
Besides the police jawans, teams of L I U and other agengies would also be deployed in the mela to foil any untoward activity.
''watchers'' from other states, who are acquainted with the local language and behaviour, will also be called.
Special teams will be formed with government railway police to keep a watchful eye on railway stations.
Mr Sabharwal said that for the first time, photos of missing persons would be flashed on a screen during the mela and these screens would be connected with missing and found centres.
The Ardhkumbh Mela officer Pragyan Ram Mishra said that, the mela administration has requested the respective state and union government that VIPs should not visit the mela on important bathing days as it may cause both security and traffic problems.
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