Mumbai Police preparing for security arrangments tomorrow
Mumbai, Dec 5 (UNI) The Mumbai police, in the wake of last week's Dalit fury and simmering protests, is on its toes making unprecedented security arrangements for the 50th death anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar tomorrow.
The day also coincides with the 14th anniversary of Babri Masjid disputed structure demolition and the annual Urs of Baba Maqdoomi, during which lakhs are expected to assemble.
According to police sources, the sites for Ambedkar's anniversary celebrations and Urs are separated by a three km distance. Lakhs of people are expected to converge at Chaitya Bhoomi, Dadar and thousands more are expected to attend the annual Urs of Maqdoom Shah Baba at Mahim, in Central Mumbai on the day.
Earlier, the city police, apprehending further trouble had requested the state government to declare tomorrow a public holiday. However, the government has ordered closure of schools and colleges in the city tommorrow.
Meanwhile, 22 close circuit televisions (CCTVs) have been installed all around Shivaji Park in Dadar and in addition two watch towers have also been constructed for an aerial view of the surrounding areas to monitor the large flow of dalit followers inside Chaitan Bhoomi, the sources said.
Two fully equipped control rooms will be set up inside Shivaji Park, which will include eight large screens for live video transmissions from Chaitya Bhoomi.
Earlier, Joint Commissioner of Police Arup Patnaik (Law and Order) said ''we are taking all preventive measures and boosting security at strategic locations to ensure that the events pass off trouble free and in a peaceful manner''.
Patnaik said security measures are being beefed up according to the briefs received from Central agencies, as the day is also the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition.
Additional companies of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rapid Action Force (RAF) and extra personnel from the Home Guards will be deployed to assist the city police, he said.
The Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation (BMC) has divided Shivaji Park and adjoining areas into nine zones. Incidently, Shivaji Park itself is internally divided into four zones. The other five new zones are the Veer Savarkar Marg, Senapati Bapat Marg, MB Road, Kedulkar Chowk and Shivaji Park, which is a moving population area.
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