Pune: Over 9,000 police officers will be deployed for maintaining law and order during the Ganesh idol immersion process which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday across the city.
The Pune city police have unveiled a plan for security arrangements and traffic diversions for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Speaking about the security measures, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Sanjay Baviskar said along with commissioner and joint commissioner of police there are four additional commissioners of police, 16 deputy commissioners of police, 220 police inspectors, 610 police sub inspectors and assistant police inspectors, 8,050 policemen for the security deployment
“In addition to this we have three platoons of State Reserve Police Force, Quick Response Team, Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad, police mitras and various volunteers for help during the immersion process,” added Baviskar.
The Pune police said that in addition to over 1,200 closed circuit TV cameras keeping a watch on the city, additional cameras have been installed on important procession routes of the Ganesh immersion. The DCP added that crime branch officials and special branch officials will also be patrolling in the city.
“To avoid incidents of pick pocketing, mobile thefts, eve-teasing, riots and molestation eight teams of Crime Branch officials will be present on the immersion route. If people come across any suspicious person or people they should alert the police control room. Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla has appealed to people to not believe in rumours and contact the police if in need of any help,” added Baviskar.
The city police have limited the number of dhol tasha pathaks to three for a particular Ganesh Mandal. The police have appealed to people to take care of their belongings and help children and senior citizens. “People should also cooperate with the police and other volunteers and enjoy the festival,” added Baviskar.