The Mumbai Police have geared up for the upcoming festive season, with three festivals coinciding with each other just days ahead of the Vidhan Sabha elections. Police officers said that they have set up 14 checkpoints across the city to monitor vehicles ferrying animals into the city for the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha or Bakri Eid next month, and special police cover has been provided to the slaughterhouse in Deonar.
The Bakri Eid begins on October 3 this year and ends on October 4, coinciding with the last two days of Navratri, which begins on September 25 and ends on October 3.
“A total of 561 trucks carrying 6103 animals have come into the city till now, and more will be arriving in the days to come. Our checkpoints are monitoring all of these vehicles. We have sent our officers right up to Khandwa, where animals are loaded into the trucks. These officers note the numbers of the trucks and their times of departure, which are later compared with their times of arrival into the city,” Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said on Wednesday.
Additionally, a special cell has been formed to deal with any complaints regarding Bakri Eid, and Maria, as well as Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Dhananjay Kamalakar will take daily reviews of complaints received and actions taken.
For Navratri, the police have identified placed across the city where major dandiya programmes have been organised, and heavy police presence has been deployed there. The police have also held meetings with organisers of these programmes and several guidelines. “The deadline for playing music on loudspeakers has been extended from 10:00 pm to midnight on October 3 and 4,” said Maria.
Cops expect heavy rush to file nominations
The Mumbai Police anticipates a heavy rush of candidates for filing their nominations for the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections in the next three days, and preparations have been made accordingly, police officers said on Wednesday.
The last date for filing nominations for the elections in September 27, and candidates have avoided filing their nominations till Wednesday as they were waiting for the pitrupaksha period to end, as it is regarded inauspicious according to the Hindu religion.
“There are 36 offices in the city where nominations can be filed and our entire manpower has been concentrated in these areas. We anticipate a heavy rush over the next three days, and preparations have been made to avoid any law and order problems during this time,” said Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria.
The police on Wednesday also started delivering instructions to licensed arms holders to surrender their arms. The police have conducted a census of all licensed arms holders and have drawn up a list of those who need to surrender their arms as per the guidelines laid down by the Bombay High Court. “We have also prepared a list of those to be placed under preventive arrest due to a history of trouble mongering during elections. A similar list had been prepared before the Loksabha elections and we have updated it.”
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