Se­cu­rity upped in Old City, DGP re­views ar­range­ments

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com ▪

LUC­KNOW: With de­ploy­ment of over 2,000 per­son­nel, the Luc­know po­lice have made elab­o­rate se­cu­rity ar­range­ments in Old City ar­eas to en­sure peace and main­tain law & or­der dur­ing Eid. Ma­jor traf­fic di­ver­sions will re­main in place in Old City and trans-Gomti ar­eas to pre­vent chaos on the streets.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of po­lice (DGP) OP Singh along with ADG (law and or­der) Anand Ku­mar, ADG (Luc­know) Ra­jeev Kr­ishna, IG (Luc­know) Su­jeet Pandey and SSP (Luc­know) Deepak Ku­mar on Thursday vis­ited three prom­i­nent mosques where Eid prayers are to be of­fered.

They re­viewed se­cu­rity ar­range­ments and led the foot pa­trolling for over five kilo­me­tres.

The SSP said spe­cial de­ploy­ment has been done near three main mosques — Aish­bagh Eidgah, Asafi Masjid and Tile Wali Masjid, as huge crowd is ex­pected at these places.

“The se­cu­rity plan has been chalked out. Eight com­pa­nies of armed po­lice in­clud­ing seven pro­vin­cial armed con­stab­u­lar­ies and one com­pany of RAF would be sta­tioned at strate­gic points. Sim­i­larly, nearly 100 civil po­lice of­fi­cials and per­son­nel along with Quick Re­sponse Teams (QRTs), mounted po­lice and pa­trolling teams would also be de­ployed in Old City,” said the SSP.

He said CCTVs have been in­stalled on 13 main routes and at six mosques of Old City to keep vigil on ev­ery move­ment. He said rooftop duties have as­signed at 39 strate­gic points and bar­ri­cad­ing has been done at 31 points to en­sure proper traf­fic move­ment.

The SSP said the po­lice would also use drone cam­eras to keep aerial vigil in Old City. He said cops in civvies would be de­ployed to keep vig­i­lance on anti-so­cial el­e­ments.

Be­sides, the lo­cal in­tel­li­gence sleuths would re­main ac­tive and keep alert­ing civil po­lice about each and ev­ery ac­tiv­ity dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

He said ASP (west), Vikas Chan­dra Tri­pathi will su­per­vise the en­tire ar­range­ments while three ASPs, Gau­rav Grover, Rahul Min­has and DK Sharma will be su­per­vi­sion in charge at the three main mosques.

DEEPAK GUPTA/ HT PHOTO

DGP OP Singh along with se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials re­view­ing se­cu­rity ar­range­ments on Thursday.

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