Thursday, October 29, 2015
6,000-strong police force for Thevar jayanthi celebrations
A posse of about 6,000 police personnel were being deployed for the peaceful conduct of Thevar Jayanthi, the 108th birth anniversary and 53rd guru puja of freedom fighter Muthuramalinga Thevar at his memorial in Pasumpon on Friday.
Giving details of the security arrangements, Superintendent of Police N.M. Mylvahanan said that the police had drawn strength from the entire State and the police contingents would report at the Special Control Room at Kamudhi on Tuesday evening. Those drawn for security included Quick Reaction Team (QRT), Special Task Force (STF), strike forces, Tamil Nadu Special Police force and Armed Reserve platoons, the SP told reporters here on Tuesday. The entire district had been divided into 10 sectors and each sector would be under the control of a SP-level officer, he said adding 10 SPs, 15 Additional SPs, 40 Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) from other parts of the district would be camping here till Friday.
The 5,000 police personnel drawn from other districts would be assisted by about 1,000 local police and they would be briefed about their place of duty and the roles earmarked for them on Tuesday evening, he said. They would be debriefed again on Wednesday before their deployment, he added.
Police had streamlined the system to avoid congestion at the memorial site, he said. A separate parking bay had been created for the VIPs and a new road laid to divert other vehicles to the general parking bay, the SP said. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Madurai City, would be in charge of traffic and he would be assisted by two ADSPs, six DSPs and about 300 policemen, he said.
An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle would be pressed into service for aerial scanning of Pasumpon and surrounding areas, he said. Sniffer dog squads carried out anti-sabotage exercises at Pasumpon, Kamuthi, Parthibanur and Abiramam. The district administration had promulgated prohibitory order under Section 144 of the Cr.PC, he said.