Police not taking chances in the wake of violence in Shimoga, Hassan
HUBLI: The Hubli Dharwad Police Commissionerate has made elaborate security arrangements in Hubli for Ranga Panchami being celebrated on Thursday.
Although no untoward incidents have occurred in Hubli during Ranga Panchami in the last few years, the police are not taking any chances especially in the wake of the recent violence in Shimoga and Hassan.
This time, the police did not conduct the route march which they usually do to assure the common man that they would protect them and prevent any untoward incident and also to send a strong message to anti-social elements.
Instead, senior police officials addressed the police personnel who will be deployed for the bandobast duty at the CAR Grounds on Karwar Road on Wednesday.
Already, additional forces have been deployed at sensitive places, and places of religious importance are heavily guarded.
As many as 40 sector patrolling teams have been constituted.
Along with the Police Commissioner, three Deputy Commissioners of Police, four Assistant Commissioners of Police, four Deputy Superintendents of Police will supervise the security arrangements.
As many as 36 inspectors, 64 sub-inspectors of police and 50 assistant sub-inspectors of police, 1,800 head constables and constables, 400 home guards, 20 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police and 10 platoons of City Armed Reserve Police have been deployed for providing security.
Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure prohibitory orders were imposed in Hubli and Dharwad at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. It will be in force till 10 p.m. on Friday.
The Police Commissioner has also ordered the closure of wine shops, bars and restaurants from 6 a.m. to midnight on Thursday.
Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar has said that action would be taken against Holi revellers riding motorcycles in an erratic manner, those using chemical paints and tar and also those in inebriated state.
Action would also be taken against those forcefully applying colours on passers-by, the Police Commissioner has said.
The Police Commissioner has also appealed to the general public not to pay heed to rumours and cooperate with the police in maintaining peace.