VHP rally on Ayodhya puts cops on high alert
Big Deployment Of Men In City And Borders Being Watched
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.
Around 25-30 companies, comprising paramilitary forces and police, will be deployed at Ramlila Maidan