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3,000 policemen, volunteers to ensure smooth 69th Tablighi Ijtema in Bhopal

bhopal Updated: Nov 22, 2016 21:06 IST
HT Correspondent, Bhopal

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed Ijtema arrangements in Bhopal on Tuesday.

Three-thousand strong police force would be deployed at the 69th world Islamic congregation, Tablighi Ijtema in Bhopal to ensure that it is organised in a smooth manner without any untoward incident. The police force would also be accompanied by nearly 3,000 volunteers of the organizing committee of the event to see that the devotees don’t face any problem.

The 69th Tablighi Ijtema would be organised from November 26 to November 28 at Eintkedi village located at Berasia road, which is about 8-10 kms away from the city. The Ijtema which is one of the biggest Islamic congregations in the world would be attended by more than eight lakh devotees including devotees from more than 25 countries including USA, Canada, England, South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Phillipines and others.

“About 3,000 police force would be deployed during the event that would be on duty from 9 am on November 25 to 9 am on November 29. The force would be divided into two teams of 1,500 personnel each out of which 500 would be deployed at the venue of the event at Eintkhedi and rest at the would be at the route from railway station to the venue,” said superintendent of police (north), Arvind Saxena, who would be monitoring the whole security arrangements during the mass event while speaking to HT.

He said that the 3,000 strong police force would be divided into teams comprising 1,500 men each.

“Each team would be headed by one additional superintendent of police and two deputy superintendent of police. The teams would be on duty of 12-hour shifts during the three-day event. Six anti-sabotage teams would also be deployed during the mass event to prevent any incident which may create trouble during the mass event. We have been also given additional force of 1,000 personnel from the police headquarters including Rapid Action Force (RAF), Quick Reaction Team (QRT) and Special Armed Force (SAF),” said Saxena adding that police would also be deployed at various check posts along the route to the venue with about 3,000 volunteers from the social harmony groups at major squares and traffic points.

“Five hundred volunteers would be inside the venue while remaining 2,500 would be deployed to make the traffic arrangements during the event.”

Spokesperson of the organizing committee of the three-day event, Ateeq-ul-Islam while speaking to HT said that , this time the venue of the Ijtema would be spread in sprawling 55 acres of land.

“This time the sitting arrangements for the devotees have been made in an area of 55 acres which is 10 acres more than last year’s edition. Apart from this the parking facility has been made in an area of 160 acres,” said Islam.

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