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Security stepped up for Id

AFTER DIWALI, the district administration has geared up to ensure peaceful celebration of Id. The administration has made elaborate security arrangements at sensitive and overcrowded areas of the city from Tuesday.
None | By HT Correspondent, Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2006 12:11 AM IST

AFTER DIWALI, the district administration has geared up to ensure peaceful celebration of Id.

The administration has made elaborate security arrangements at sensitive and overcrowded areas of the city from Tuesday.

It is also making special security arrangement around the major mosques where lakhs of Muslims community will turn turn up to offer prayers.

The administration has divided the city into several sectors to be patrolled by a DSP, a magistrate and heavy security forces.

SSP Ashutosh Pandey visited several sensitive areas of the city on Monday and took stock of security arrangements. He gave necessary instructions to his sub-ordinates to keep round-the-clock vigil upon security and safety of the citizens.

The traffic will remain restricted on route of major mosques on the day of Id when a large number of people will offer prayers.

During the prayers in Vidyapeeth mosque, the vehicular traffic from Englishialine to Sajan crossing will be restricted. Besides, the vehicular traffic near mosques in Saraiyah, Nadesar, Nai Sarak and Khojwa area will be also restricted.

The intelligence personnel will also keep a close vigil on the movements of suspected persons in the sensitive and overcrowded areas. They are also keeping a close eye on the arrival of suspected persons at the railway and bus stations. The district has become hypersensitive following the incident of serial bomb blasts at the Varanasi Cantonment railway station and Sankat Mochan temple on March 7, causing death of several persons including a child.

Meanwhile, people are all set prepared to celebrate Id. All the major markets were overcrowded on Tuesday.  Thousands of people flocked to the market to buy sewain, new clothes and various other items.

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