Lucknow: Security beefed up for Moharram processions
The Moharram processions would be taken out amidst heavy police deployment and major traffic diversions would be enforced for it.Updated: Sep 29, 2017 14:30 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
In view of Durga Puja and Dussehra festivals coinciding with three Moharram processions to be taken out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the police have beefed up security measures Lucknow. The Moharram processions would be taken out amidst heavy police deployment and major traffic diversions would be enforced for it.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Lucknow, Deepak Kumar said the city police are fully devoted to conduct all the processions peacefully. He said this time the eighth Moharram procession is being diverted with the consent of Shia community people to avoid any discomfort to patients and attendants coming to King George’s Medical University. Similarly, proper police deployment has been made for Durga Puja and Dusshera to be celebrated on Friday and Saturday.
Sharing details of the deployment, another senior police officer said nearly 150 rooftop duties have been deployed at strategic points across the Moharram procession routes. “The cops deployed on roof tops have been equipped with night vision binoculars, search lights and tear gas guns to counter trouble makers in case of crisis situation,” he emphasised.
He said this time at least 30 percent more police force has been deployed in the Old city to maintain law and order during Moharram. He said over 5,000 police personnel including 18 companies of provincial armed constabulary and rapid action force have been deployed for the purpose. He said special arrangements have been made at 250 sensitive points across six police stations of the Old city.
He said the police would remain all along the procession route and troublemakers would be provided no chance to cause any nuisance.
Major traffic diversions would be enforced in view of Moharram procession on Friday from 7pm till the end of the procession late night. Only ambulances, fire service vehicles and school vehicles will be allowed on diverted routes in case of urgency.
ASP traffic Ravi Shankar Nim said the movement of normal traffic from Shahmina trisection to Jinnatowali Masjid and Daliganj Bridge to Shahmina trisection is completely banned. He said the traffic movement will remain restricted on roads from Rakabganj Bridge to Medical College crossing, Qaiserbagh to Medical College crossing via city station, Koneshwar crossing to Chowk crossing.
He said similar diversion would remain enforced on the roads from Nakkhas trisection to Mayfair trisection and Medical Cross crossing, Akbari Gate, Pecca pull and Ghufranmaab Imambara. Besides, the heavy vehicles movement from Sitapur road to Pucca pull and Hardoi road to Balaganj crossing is entirely restricted.
First Published: Sep 29, 2017 14:30 IST