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Delhi and UP police meet in Ghaziabad ahead of Kanwar yatra

Police officials of Delhi and UP met to review preparations ahead of the Kanwar yatra that will pass through western UP, including Ghaziabad

noida Updated: Jul 09, 2017 15:27 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
The meeting was held at Harsaon police lines in Ghaziabad where inspector general (Meerut range), joint commissioner (Delhi police) and other top police officials were present.
The meeting was held at Harsaon police lines in Ghaziabad where inspector general (Meerut range), joint commissioner (Delhi police) and other top police officials were present.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Senior officials of the Delhi and Uttar Pradesh police met here on Tuesday to hold a review meeting over arrangements and information sharing about criminals ahead of upcoming Kanwar Yatra — the annual pilgrimage which passes majorly through western UP.

The meeting was held at Harsaon police lines in Ghaziabad where inspector general (Meerut range), joint commissioner (Delhi police) and other top police officials from Ghaziabad, Baghpat and Gautam Budh Nagar were present.

“The meeting was largely meant to discuss information sharing about criminals and their activities during the Kanwar season. The police of both the states will share information and their control rooms will also be connected on a new wireless channel for passing information. Apart from this, the traffic arrangements on NH-24 were also discussed to ensure that commuters do not face issues,” said Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city).

To keep an eye over the Kanwar route, the Ghaziabad police will use a helicopter and drones.

“We have sent a proposal for a helicopter to the state government. Apart from keeping an aerial eye, we will also share information about drug peddlers who try to supply drugs to pilgrims during the event. The new tenants in border areas will be under scrutiny,” the official said.

The officers also coordinated for joint border checking and patrolling and verification of auto drivers who ply adjacent to border areas near Delhi-Ghaziabad border.

The Kanwar yatra during which lakhs of devotees go to Haridwar to fetch Ganga water, will start on July 8. The devotees return with water carried on their shoulders in jars and cans and offer it to deities at Shiva temples in their localities on the day of Shiv Ratri.

Since the number of devotees is likely to swell this year, the administration and police officials are gearing up to tackle the large rush in sensitive western UP region.