Operation Bluestar anniv: CCTV cameras keep vigil in Amritsar

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2016 13:38 IST
A closed-circuit television camera installed on a road leading to the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday. A control room has also been set up to monitor the footage. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

Taking no chances, the Amritsar police that already has around 8,000 security personnel keeping vigil in the run up to the Operation Bluestar anniversary has put the area around the Golden Temple under electronic surveillance.

To ensure no suspicious activity goes unnoticed, the police have installed closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at around 30 to 40 locations. Hall Gate, area near the municipal corporation office, Jallianwala Bagh and areas outside the shrine have been covered with CCTV cameras. The local police have also set up a control room from where they can monitor the CCTV footage.

As the city has already received six companies of paramilitary Forces, over 8,000 security personnel are camped in Amritsar to ensure that the 32nd anniversary of the Operation Bluestar passes peacefully.

On the anniversary in 2014 and 2015, clashes took place between Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) task force and radicals inside the shrine. Although, police had detained many youngsters who were trying to shut shops forcibly and brandishing swords on streets last year, it could not prevent the clash inside the shrine.

The police are taking no chances this time. Police commissioner Amar Singh Chahal said: “We have installed cameras around the shrine and other key locations to ensure better surveillance. As a lot of movement is expected in these areas on June 6, we are taking no chances and the vigil has been strengthened. Cameras have been installed at around 30 to 40 locations.”

Talking about other security arrangements, Chahal said: “Already, paramilitary troops are deployed in Amritsar. Force has been called in from other districts as well, and we have over 8,000 cops guarding the city.”

As Dal Khalsa has also given a call for Amritsar Bandh on June 6, the city police have already decided that they will not allow anyone to shut down shops forcibly.

Meanwhile, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has appealed to Sikh organisations to maintain peaceful atmosphere inside the shrine on June 6.

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