Heavy security arrangements have been put in place for the widely celebrated Ganesh festival with 19,000 policemen deployed across the city to prevent any untoward incident during the event,police said today.
Ganesh Chaturthi marks the commencement of the 10-day festival from tomorrow.
About 18,000 policemen of the strong 45,000 force have been posted in different parts of the city as part of the festival security. 1,000 more policemen were called in from different parts of the state to guard the metropolis,police said.
Special security arrangements have been made for ‘Lalbaugcha Raja’ Ganesh idol,one of the most popular mandals attracting around one crore devotees,including filmstars and politicians.
Besides city policemen,four companies of the State Reserve Police,six companies of CRPF,and three companies of Rapid Action Force will also help police,along with 2,500 jawans from the Home Guard and Civil Defence,police said.
Twelve bomb defusing squads and four vans with cameras installed will roam around the city to record any suspicious movements,police said.
Metal detectors and CCTV cameras have been installed at prominent Ganesh mandals in the city to keep a close watch over people,police added.
Maharashtra asks Centre for additional security force during Ganeshotsav
Maharashtra government has sought 20 companies of Central Para-Military Force to ensure better law and order situation during the Ganesh festival in the state commencing from tomorrow,Home Minister R R Patil said.
The deployment of additional para-military forces will help reduce the burden on the local police,as tight security is required during Ganesh festivities all over the state,Patil told reporters here yesterday.
The demand was made by the state government during the recent meeting of the top inter-state police officials held in New Delhi,he said.
Meanwhile,appreciating the gesture of Shiv Sena and MNS to stay away from the proposed Bharat Bandh on Sep 20 in Mumbai as many devotees immerse Ganesh idols on the second day of the 10-day festival,Patil urged the BJP to follow the alliance partners in not joining the protest.