The police have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure no untoward incidents take place during the nine-day Navratri festivities in the city.
The police commissioner’s office has asked the men in uniform to keep a lookout, especially for gangsters, including extradited Kumar Pillai, Ashwin Naik and Arun Gawli.
“The reason for monitoring the gangsters in particular is to keep a close eye on their activities considering Chhota Rajan has been extradited, and so has Kumar Pillai. It is important to keep a check on them to ensure they do not restart their activities once again,” said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
The order also seeks a report on Navratri mandals that film stars attend, and those conducted by politicians. The police has also appealed to the public to report any suspicious events if they come across it and not to believe in rumours.
Deven Bharti, joint commissioner of police, said, “We have deployed adequate police personnel in the city for the festival. Officers in plain clothes will keep a watch on each mandal, especially the ones that celebrities visit.”
All the deputy commissioners of police have been asked to monitor their respective zones, and senior police inspectors of each police station have been asked to prepare a detailed report of each of the mandals thbat are organising the festivities in their jurisdiction, said police sources. Each of the mandals have been asked to provide details on the approximate number of people expected at their location and the timing of conducting pujas. They have also been asked to prepare a report on the immersions.
The police have also been asked to collect details of any other religious establishments close to the Navratri mandals, to keep a check on any kind of communal disharmony. They have also asked to submit reports of untoward incidents in the past, to ensure precautions are taken to avoid them. They have also been asked to keep a close watch of the entry and exit points of big Navratri mandals.
Officials said that there was no specific terror alert, however, anti-terror cells have been asked to continue with their work of gathering inputs from their jurisdiction.