The Union Home Ministry has refused to provide additional force to the Delhi Police for the World Cultural Festival citing the law and order situation in Haryana and Ardh Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand. The government has asked the city police to conduct the event with the “10 companies of CRPF already at the disposal” of the force.
The festival is a three-day event that will be held this month by the Art of Living Foundation on the Yamuna floodplains.
Sources said a one-page note was sent by the ministry to the Delhi Police, after it had raised some objections to the event citing law and order issues. The police had also requested the government to provide more personnel for the event.
The letter stated, “the issue of deployment of CAPFs (Central Armed Police Force) for the World Cultural Festival has been examined by the ministry. It is intimated that at present, CAPF are overstretched due to deployment in various parts of the country, especially in Haryana and Assam for law and order and Ardh Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand.”
It added, “Besides, on the recommendation of the Election Commission of India, a large number of CAPFs are required for assembly elections 2016 in five states, for which mobilisations of CAPFs has already started.”
“Therefore it is not possible to spare additional CAPF companies for Delhi Police at this stage. Delhi Police, is therefore, advised to suitably utilise 5 companies of CRPF which have been provided for law and order duties during the Parliament Session,” it said.
“Also, 5 companies (including a Mahila company) was provided to Delhi Police in May, 2015 for maintaining law and order in Delhi, which are still at the disposal of Delhi Police. Therefore, police may make suitable arrangements with the 10 companies of CRPF, along with its own manpower,” it said.