Less than three weeks to go for the Ganesh festivities,police are drawing up a force-deployment plan for the entire duration of the festival and also a list of suggestions for Ganesh mandals that organise the festival at various places,to ensure a peaceful festival.
Senior officers of the Mumbai Police said they have also asked the Protection Branch of the Mumbai Police to ensure that the suggestions given to mandals are implemented. Sources said police will urge all organisers to install CCTV cameras,so that persons arousing any suspicion can be frisked.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Rajnish Seth said police are drawing up elaborate security plans for the festivities,with special emphasis on the first and last days of the festival.
We are taking care to ensure that the festivities are peaceful. Our plans will be elaborate and emphasis will be on ensuring that no untoward incident takes place during the festivities, said Seth.
Seth said the police will meet with various Ganesh mandals and tell them what precautions to be taken to ensure optimum security. We will tell them about precautions they need to take. There are security threats during large gatherings,like during Ganeshotsav celebrations. We will be telling organisers what they need to do,and how they can help us keep any threat at bay, said Seth.
Police sources said although the cops are taking care to ensure no untoward incidents take place,there are no intelligence warnings of any threats yet.
The Special Branch is gathering intelligence and we are in touch with other agencies as well. While such inputs usually come towards the beginning of the week before the Ganeshotsav festivities,we are not taking any chances and are preparing ourselves to respond to any eventuality, said a senior officer,who did not wish to be named.