Heavy police force has been deployed in Old City areas to maintain law and order during Shab-e-Barat procession on Monday. Besides, the traffic on the procession route will be diverted to avert any untoward incident.
“About 1,600 cops have been deployed to ensure law and order in the old city area,” said district police spokesman Alok Pathak. He said at least five additional superintendents of police (ASP) deployed specifically for this purpose would supervise the entire arrangement and nineteen deputy SPs would assist them.
He said cops would be deployed from Monday morning. However, the traffic diversions would be effective from 5 pm till the end of the procession late at night. Video cameras would also be installed on the procession route to keep a close eye on the situation. Pathak added at least 27 station officers, 197 sub-inspectors (SIs), including 11 women SIs, about 1,260 constables and 90 head constables had been deployed in the area.
He said sleuths of local intelligence units were also directed to remain extra alert during the procession and stern warnings were issued against laxity in duty. Strict action would be taken if any cop was found negligent or absent from duty, he added.