VHP rally on Ay­o­d­hya puts cops on high alert

Big De­ploy­ment Of Men In City And Bor­ders Be­ing Watched

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Delhi Po­lice is brac­ing for a huge crowd gath­er­ing at Ramlila Maidan for a Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad rally on Sun­day de­mand­ing con­struc­tion of a Ram tem­ple in Ay­o­d­hya. Claims of 3 lakh to 5 lakh peo­ple turn­ing up are be­ing made. Ramlila Maidan, how­ever, has a ca­pac­ity of 50,000 which can be ex­tended to a lakh if park­ing is dis­pensed with.

The po­lice do not wish to take any chances in the wake of the Bu­land­shahr in­ci­dent and plan to turn cen­tral Delhi into a fortress, said sources. In ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing CCTV cam­eras, 210 more have been in­stalled in and around the grounds and on routes lead­ing to Delhi Gate and Ra­j­path. Four spe­cial con­trol rooms have been set up to mon­i­tor the feeds and pass in­struc­tions. All units will re­port to the two law and or­der chiefs — San­deep Goel and R P Upad­hyay.

Around 25-30 com­pa­nies, com­pris­ing para­mil­i­tary forces and Delhi Po­lice per­son­nel, will be de­ployed at the spot. Cops from most po­lice sta­tions have been asked to re­port at the cen­tral dis­trict on Sun­day morn­ing. The en­tire area has been di­vided into 11 zones and each will be un­der an ad­di­tional DCP-rank of­fi­cer. Two ACPS and four in­spec­tors will re­port to the ad­di­tional DCP and keep a hawk-eyed vigil. DCP (cen­tral) Man­deep Rand­hawa and other DCPs will also be on the spot. Be­sides the joint CP of cen­tral range, their coun­ter­parts in north­ern and eastern ranges have been asked to chip in..

The cops plan to have their per­son­nel in plain­clothes in the crowd to nip any mis­chief in the bud, sources said. Among other mea­sures, spot­ters have been placed on build­ings in old Delhi ar­eas. Snipers will be placed covertly on high-rises.

Po­lice com­mis­sioner Amulya Pat­naik held a two-hour-long meet­ing with DCPs, joint CPs and spe­cial com­mis­sion­ers at Darya­ganj on Satur­day evening to re­view the law and or­der ar­range­ments.

The cops sani­tised the ground on Sun­day even as a crowd had be­gun to build up by late evening. All bor­ders are un­der watch and po­lice per­son­nel will mon­i­tor the move­ment of ac­tivists right form the time they en­ter Delhi from UP and Haryana.

The dis­trict DCPs have been asked to get in touch with lo­cal VHP of­fi­cials and co­or­di­nate the move­ment of their work­ers in­side the cap­i­tal. The spe­cial branch has been gath­er­ing in­tel­li­gence about the con­gre­ga­tion for one week af­ter the rally was con­firmed. There were no spe­cific in­puts of any dis­tur­bance but gen­eral direc­tions were given.

Piyal Bhat­tachar­jee

Around 25-30 com­pa­nies, com­pris­ing para­mil­i­tary forces and po­lice, will be de­ployed at Ramlila Maidan

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