Over 1,800 police personnel deployed at temple

Over 1,800 police personnel drawn from various battalions and districts will be present at the Kanaka Durga temple atop Indrakeeladri during the five-day ‘Bhavani Deeksha relinquishment’ beginning Monday.

The police personnel were drawn from the city strength, Armed Reserve battalion and Home Guards. Personnel were also requisitioned from other districts such as Nellore and East Godavari, said Assistant Commissioner of Police (West) Raghava Rao.

The core strength would comprise 1,000 men and women from the civil forces and AR and they would be assisted by about 600 home guards.

The entire security arrangements would be overseen by Commissioner of Police B. Sreenivasulu, but on-ground monitoring would be done by two Deputy Commissioners of Police M. Ravi Prakash and Abdul Sattar Khan.

The DCPs would be assisted by 10 Assistant Commissioners, 45 Circle-Inspectors and 80 Sub-Inspectors.

Dog squad

Apart from the men, the dog squad and the bomb detection squad would be present round the clock.

Fixed metal detectors were placed at all the five entry points and they would be manned by the personnel with hand-held detectors. “If necessary, frisking will also be conducted and men and women personnel have been trained and instructed to take it up as and when required,” said the ACP.

As per the initial date, the ‘deeksha’ is supposed to end on December 27, but the security arrangement might be extended till December 29, depending on the flow of the devotees. The Commissionerate has already issued a detailed notice on traffic diversion and curbs during the five-day event.

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