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