Heavy police arrangement in place for Maghi Mela
About 6,000-strong police force from all districts of the Bathinda zone has been deployed as part of security arrangements at the Maghi Mela, Muktsar. The arrangements will be headed by the 10 senior superintendents of police, including commandants.punjab Updated: Jan 12, 2014 20:23 IST
About 6,000-strong police force from all districts of the Bathinda zone has been deployed as part of security arrangements at the Maghi Mela, Muktsar. The arrangements will be headed by the 10 senior superintendents of police, including commandants.
The authorities have made lodging arrangements for police personnel in schools of Muktsar town besides in nearby villages of Rupana, Bura Gujjar, Jhabelwali and other. These schools would remain closed on Monday and Tuesday as per the orders of the district administration.
The district has been divided into seven sectors for the Mela and each sector is being headed by a senior superintendent of police and a duty magistrate.
"The force includes 14 superintendents of police (SPs), 34 deputy superintendents (DSPs) and 69 inspectors besides 10 SSP-level officers and 350 traffic police personnel," said Surjeet Singh, SSP, Muktsar.
As many as 469 woman police employees are also on duty in the district.
This is also for the first time that the district administration has installed close-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras by installing six towers in the city to keep watch on the goings on and to ensure safety and security of the devotees. Three medical teams would be provided in each sector besides three mobile medical vans.
The administration has also arranged for divers in the Darbar Sahib sarovar (holy tank in which devotees take a dip) to avoid any unfortunate incident.
"The woman police employees were facing problems in the morning because the facilities in the schools are were enough to cater to such a heavy rush," said a source.
"We have made all arrangements for the woman police employees and now there is no problem at all. They have been provided buckets and tap water. Besides, we have also made these facilities available to them at private houses," said Surjeet Singh, SSP, Muktsar.
The locals said it is seen that generally the political parties exploit the Mela rush by holding conferences, which mars the spirit of the event and creates problems for the devotees.
"The Maghi Mela has great reverence due to the 40 Muktas and devotees in large numbers come to pay obeisance here on the occasion. The political parties should also avoid mudslinging on this day and rather put fourth their constructive programmes," said Gurdas Girdhar, former district president of the Congress.
Commissioner, Ferozepur division, VK Sharma and Muktsar deputy commissioner Parmjeet Singh also held meetings with the officers to assess the arrangements for the Maghi Mela.
Many high-profile leaders from the Congress, the ruling SAD-BJP alliance and Sanjha Morcha would visit Muktsar on Maghi Mela.