Over 6,000 cops to be deployed for Dasara

Different hues: Police to ensure crime free Dasara

Over 6,000 cops to be deployed for Dasara

To ensure a crime-free and chaos-free Nada Habba Dasara, scheduled to start on October 5, the city police have made elaborate security arrangements in a two pronged set up. A strong contingent of 6,227 police personnel will be deployed, Police Commissioner M A Saleem told the media here on Tuesday.

Giving details about the arrangements, the police Commissioner said, 2,525 police personnel in different cadres are from the city alone, while 2,313 are from outside the district. It includes 13 in SP cadre, followed by 25 DySPs, 79 inspectors and 263 sub-inspectors.

A total of 900 reserve police personnel from 25 Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and 20 city armed reserve (CAR) platoons, besides 461 traffic police and 28 armed men will be summoned for the purpose. The personnel listed for first prong security are expected to arrive on October 3.

A total of 400 national cadet corps (NCC) cadets and 50 security guards will also be a part of security duty, to assist the men in khaki, the commissioner added.

Outside vendors

Taking cognisance of vendors and also perpetrators, who descend on the city from different states during the festival, the commissioner said, a meeting has been held with counterparts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Some among the police personnel from those states too are expected to be roped in to keep a tab on history sheeters like pickpockets and chain snatchers. A database of vendors will also be created by collecting their photographs and finger prints.
A team of commandos, consisting of 60 men from internal security wing, will also be deployed on the Jamboo Savari route as well as at the torchlight parade grounds at Bannimantap.

Bomb squad

A bomb detection and defusal squad from the State intelligence wing, Bangalore, will be stationed in the city from October 5 till October 15.  Besides, 12 anti-sabotage teams (AST) will also be on the job.

 Mesh to cover Howdah carrier

Howdah elephant, the cynosure of all eyes during the Jamboo Savari, which will carry the 750-kg golden howdah with the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari, will be given adequate security cover with mesh. Keeping in line with the security arrangements of previous years, the area surrounding the pachyderm (howdah carrier) will be declared no man’s land. Barring those connected with the jumbo force, no outsiders will be allowed near the elephant, said commissioner M A Saleem.

Uniform system

To easily identify different forces, including police and media, the city police will provide different uniforms for Jamboo Savari. For media (photographers and cameramen), blue coloured t-shirts will be given, while for city armed reserve (CAR) personnel, accompanying the cannons, track suits will be distributed.

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