Strict security measures for Mahakumbh

Two Chetak helicopters for surveillance, two MI 8/17 helicopters for rescue operations, two teams of para-commandos, sniper apparatus for STF/ATS personnel, vehicle navigation system with GPS & control room, hot air balloons as surveillance posts. Sure, the administration is taking no chances with the security for the mega assemblage of devotees at the forthcoming Mahakumbh.

With the mela beginning January 14, the state police administration has come up with an elaborate security plan that includes round-theclock deployment of National Security Guard (NSG) commandos, several companies of Central Reserve Police Force and Rapid Action Force (RAF), sniper teams, antimines and bomb disposal squads, rescue teams including expert swimmers/divers and flood rescue personnel.

Anticipating that around 3.5 crore people would visit the mela on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya alone, security personnel equipped with sophisticated instruments like miniature surveillance cameras, cyber interceptors & surveillance software, bullet-proof jackets and helmets, ballistic eye protector goggles, tactical gloves, shoes and bags along with assault & Swiss rifles and GPS locator would be deployed at all strategic locations in the mela area as well as the city.

DIG (Allahabad Range) N Raviendra said: "We are not taking any chances elaborate security arrangements would be made for the security and safety of visitors and the entire sangam and adjoining areas would be turned into a fortress during the Mahakumbh. He added that a large posse of 30,000 policemen including para - paramilitary personnel \ commandos would be assigned specific duties to protect pilgrims and sangam area.

With a total of 10 crore pilgrims are expected to take a dip in the sangam during the entire mahakumbh, a tight security blueprint is being prepared by senior cops with adequate companies of paramilitary forces would be deployed for the same. Pointedly, Hindu devotees believe that during Mahakumbh, bathing in the sangam washes away people's sins, over 10 crore are projected to take a holy dip duringMahakumbh 2013.

While over 120 CCTV parties (personnel) would be keeping a strict eye on each and every visitor and these CCTV sets would be installed at strategic places. Security officials would be given binoculars and night vision devices to keep a close eye on all activities during the mega event. Similarly, tactical communicative equipments would also be taken for enhancing the security grill. 

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