The Pune rural police have put in place security arrangements and chalked out plans for traffic diversions for the smooth passage of the Sant Tukaram palkhi procession slated to begin on Saturday and the Sant Dnyaneshwar palkhi that begins on Sunday.
As part of the annual wari, the two processions will start from Alandi and Dehu and reach Pune city on Monday.
For smooth passage of the palkhis,some roads in Pune district will be closed to vehicular traffic and action will be taken on any private vehicle seen on these routes except those which are part of the individual dindis (groups of Warkaris).
Pune rural police have set up dedicated control rooms at Alandi and Dehu and put them under the charge of senior police officers. This year,Pune rural police will distribute handbills for dindi heads and truck drivers about routes and traffic rules for their convenience.
Superintendent of police Manojkumar Lohiya said,These control rooms at Alandi and Dehu will also have control panels of closed circuit television cameras inside Sant Dnyaneshwar and Sant Tukaram temples,and even outside. There will also be teams looking after complaints of missing persons.
Lohiya added,Even though there are no specific intelligence inputs about terror activities,teams from the anti-terror cell have been deployed. During the wari,pickpockets and chain snatchers are active. Teams from Local Crime Branch will be on their lookout.
Additional superintendent of police Ravindrasinh Pardeshi said,It has been observed that trucks which are part of the dindis,break down and cause of lot of trouble to the traffic. We issued a notification to the districts that any vehicle that participates in the palkhi should have undergone a check from the Regional Transport Office. If some of vehicles are found without these certificates,they will have to undergo checks at Alandi and Dehu.
Vijaykumar Magar,additional superintendent of police,said,This year,we appealed that arches welcoming the palkhis should not be put up as they obstruct traffic. We have asked individual police station officers to speak to the local villagers on the issue.