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Tight security in place for Holi, Ranga Panchami

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Over 3,500 police personnel to be deployed in the twin cities

TAKING NO CHANCES:Police CommissionerK. Ramachandra Rao speaking in Hubli on Thursday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale
TAKING NO CHANCES:Police CommissionerK. Ramachandra Rao speaking in Hubli on Thursday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale

With Holi being celebrated in Dharwad on Friday and ‘Ranga Panchami' in Hubli on March 12, over 3,500 police personnel and officers will be deployed in the twin cities to maintain law and order.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissioner K. Ramachandra Rao said additional forces from other districts had been requisitioned.

Sensitive areas

According to him, 462 idols of ‘Kamanna' would be installed in pandals in the two cities. Of them, 60 pandals would be considered very sensitive, in areas such as Navalur, Sadiapur, Malapur, Haveripete, Line Bazaar and Hanumantha Devara Gudi in Dharwad, and Old Hubli, Channapet, Vittalpet, Narayansofa, Kasabapet, Lattipet, Akkipet, Dalimbarpet, Ganjipet, Gouli Galli, Tippu Nagar, Tumkur Galli, Aralikatti, Oni, Divate Oni, Toravi Hakkal, Dajibanpet and Anchatageri Oni in Hubli.

As many as 144 pandals have been identified as sensitive.

Patrolling

The Police Commissioner said there would be round-the-clock patrolling in the twin cities, with police being deployed at strategic locations on these days.

A total of 112 anti-social elements had been taken into custody and 179 people asked to leave the cities on the festival days. The commissionerate had conducted 143 mohalla and peace committee meetings with members of different communities and idol installation committees to ensure peace, Mr. Rao added.

Prohibitory orders

The movement of vehicles in sensitive areas would be regulated and prohibitory orders imposed in areas considered very sensitive, from 6 a.m. to midnight on March 12, he said.

Prohibitory orders would be in place from Kalammana Agasi to Dakappa Circe, Dakappa Circle to Koulpet Mosque, Koulpet to KEB Office Cross, Kasabapet police station main road to Padadayyana Hakkal Cross and up to Ahmednagar Mosque, Tulaja Bhavani Cross to Pendar Galli mosques.

Appeal

The Police Commissioner appealed to the people to celebrate the festivals in a peaceful manner.

As examinations were around the corner, he urged people not to use loudspeakers after 10 p.m.


  • Holi celebrations in Dharwad today and Ranga Panchami in Hubli on March 12

  • Sixty pandals classified as very sensitive


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