Police send another letter to organisers of World Culture Festival: No barricades, no stability certificate

The letter, written on March 8 by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-east) Mandeep Singh Randhawa, was sent to Gautam Vig, a representative of Art of Living.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: March 10, 2016 6:31:22 am
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Delhi Police have sent another letter to the organisers of the World Culture Festival — a three-day event organised by the Art of Living Foundation — warning them about a number of ‘shortcomings’ which could lead to chaos at the venue.

The letter, written on March 8 by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-east) Mandeep Singh Randhawa, was sent to Gautam Vig, a representative of Art of Living.

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“Police have told the organisers that since there was no wire-meshing along the bridge, there was a ‘distinct possibility of people falling into the river’. They have been told to put up barricades on the bridges and deploy volunteers,” said sources.

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In the letter, Randhawa said that organisers have still not received a structural stability certificate, a prerequisite for the event which will be attended by heads of states and governments.

Police also pointed out that though organisers had promised to construct seven pontoon bridges on the Yamuna, these were yet to be completed.

Meanwhile, police personnel from 11 districts, the Special Cell and the Crime Branch gathered at the venue Wednesday to discuss the security plan.

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“Nearly 500 police personnel from every district were called to the venue to discuss the security arrangements. Organisers will also install CCTV cameras inside the ground and a control room will be set up at the venue,” said sources.

Senior officers will continue discussing the security plan Thursday, they said.

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