Heavy security in place

Heavy security in place

Bangalore City police have made elaborate preparations to ensure peace during the Gowri-Ganesha festival.

Police Commissioner B G Jyothi Prakash Mirji said on Tuesday that large numbers of plainclothesmen will patrol the City and any attempt by antisocials to disturb peace will attract stern action.

“We have installed cameras at all important locations. We will film all processions, immersions and activities at public Ganesha pandals. There will also be a heavy police presence in sensitive and hyper-sensitive areas,” he said.

‘Ensure peace’

In an earlier series of meetings at police stations, the top police brass instructed inspectors to take all steps to ensure that peace is maintained. Loudspeakers will be permitted to operate between 6 am and 12 pm.

Any attempt to disrupt the peace in neighbourhoods beyond this period will result in stern action, the Commissioner explained.

“I have also directed subordinate staff to take immediate action against those trying to extort money from the public in the name of celebrations. Local residents can approach jurisdictional police if anyone blackmails, threatens or extorts in the name of the festival,” he said.

He also called all groups which intend to instal public pandals to obtain upon necessary permission from the appropriate agencies first.

Everyone, including groups installing public pandals and those participating in processions, should abide by the licensing conditions,” Mirji said.

‘Follow directions’

“Those participating in processions should follow directions by traffic police. The traffic police will identify spaces on one side of the road to enable the processions to move. This will help prevent traffic jams,” Mirji said.

The Commissioner also greeted Bangalore on the occasion of the festival and wished everyone a happy and safe Gowri Ganesha festival.

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