The police have made elaborate security arrangements by deploying about 5,000 police personnel to ensure that the death anniversary of Immanuel Sekaran passed off peacefully on Wednesday.
Superintendent of Police N.M. Mylvahanan told reporters here on Monday that apart from 1,500 local police, about 3,500 police personnel from outside the district would be deployed on bandobust duty. Two Deputy Inspector Generals of Police — A. Amalraj from Tiruchi and M.C. Sarangan from Chennai, three Superintendents of Police — G. Dharamarajan (Thanjavur), Zia-ul Haque (Ariyalur), N. Manivannan (Kanyakumari), seven ADSPs and seven DSPs would be camping in the district for the next couple of days.
The police had identified more than 300 sensitive places in the district and decided to post adequate picketing in the areas. Video cameras would be installed at 65 locations, including 2 check- posts, and all vehicles entering the district would be allowed only after thorough check up, he added.
As the district administration had banned entry of all types of hired vehicles carrying volunteers to visit the memorial at Paramakudi, those who come in their own vehicles should obtain pass from their respective police stations after giving details of the vehicle registration number and number of people travelling in the vehicle, the SP said.
Volunteers coming from the western zone would be issued orange colour police pass, those coming from the south zone with green colour, north zone with white and central zone will get blue colour pass, he said. Vehicles without police passes carrying details such as entry and exit points would not be allowed to enter the district. The convoy of political party leaders could not have more than three vehicles, he said.
The SP warned of stern action against those who tried to change the registration number plates of the vehicles to mislead the police. The department had developed a software in coordination with the Transport Department to verify details of such vehicles and those found guilty would be arrested and vehicles seized, he warned.
Stating that the restrictions imposed by the district administration and the police received positive response from the people and community leaders, the SP said, “We are expecting good cooperation and make the event peaceful.”
Buses on regular routes would ply as usual and tourist vehicles and goods carriers to Ramanathapuram and Rameswaram from Madurai would be diverted via Poovandhi, he said.