Po­lice: No in­put on pos­si­ble flare-ups ahead of VHP’S Sun­day rally

Hindustan Times (Noida) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI:THE Delhi Po­lice on Fri­day said they had not re­ceived any in­put from in­tel­li­gence agen­cies re­gard­ing a pos­si­ble com­mu­nal flare-up ahead of a rally sched­uled by the Vishva Hindu Par­ishad (VHP) in the cap­i­tal on Sun­day.

Delhi Po­lice, how­ever, said elab­o­rate se­cu­rity ar­range­ments are planned for the event and they are tak­ing pre­ven­tive mea­sures to thwart any pos­si­ble at­tempts to in­cite vi­o­lence. Of­fi­cials said po­lice de­ploy­ment and pa­trolling have been in­creased in ar­eas around Ramlila Ground, where the VHP rally to press for Ram Mandir in Ay­o­d­hya has been planned.

“We have not re­ceived any in­tel­li­gence in­puts re­gard­ing a com­mu­nal vi­o­lence dur­ing the VHP rally. Like other ral­lies and demon­stra­tions, we have pre­pared our­selves for this event as well. The traf­fic po­lice have pre­pared a de­tailed plan for smooth move­ment of traf­fic dur­ing the rally and to en­sure lesser in­con­ve­nience to com­muters,” said the Delhi Po­lice spokesper­son Mad­hur Verma.

Se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers said that their in­tel­li­gence wing has is­sued an ad­vi­sory to the deputy com­mis­sion­ers of po­lice (DCPS) of all the 14 dis­tricts, ask­ing them to in­crease po­lice vis­i­bil­ity across the city. The or­gan­is­ers of the rally have told po­lice that around 3 lakh peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend the rally.

On Fri­day, po­lice pres­ence in east Delhi’s Trilokpuri was in­creased fol­low­ing re­ports of uniden­ti­fied peo­ple putting up “ob­jec­tion­able posters”, which may in­cite com­mu­nal ten­sion. “We did not find any such posters. It seems that those who pasted the posters re­moved them,” he said.

“A spe­cial vigil is be­ing kept in those res­i­den­tial pock­ets which are prone to com­mu­nal out­breaks” said the DCP.

The VHP’S spokesper­son Vinod Bansal said, “We have a dis­ci­plined force and our karyakar­tas (work­ers) do not in­volve them­selves in any com­mu­nal vi­o­lence. The VHP has or­gan­ised many such ral­lies across the coun­try to press for the con­struc­tion of Ram tem­ple in Ay­o­d­hya.”

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