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Commercial areas under police watch ahead for Deepavali

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NCC and NSS to be involved in regulating the crowd and vehicular movement

BIG Brother is watching:A policeman monitoring the crowdusing a binocular atop a watch tower on the NSB Road inTiruchi on sunday.— PHOTO: A. MURALITHARAN
BIG Brother is watching:A policeman monitoring the crowdusing a binocular atop a watch tower on the NSB Road inTiruchi on sunday.— PHOTO: A. MURALITHARAN

The city police have enhanced vigil at prime commercial areas, under the Fort Range, which is teeming with shoppers making purchases ahead of Deepavali. Men in uniform and in plain clothes have been deployed at business nerve centres in addition to installation of high definition surveillance cameras in an effort to prevent crime and regulate vehicular movement.

Police personnel have been deployed in shifts at Chathram bus stand, NSB Road, Nandhi Koil street, Big Bazaar, Teppakulam area, Singarathope, and Gandhi Market arch. Among the posse of strength drawn for security duty in connection with the festival of lights, around 60 of them have been engaged exclusively in crime prevention. They have been allotted different spots and instructed to move in plain clothes in the earmarked areas. Meanwhile, Federation of Consumer and Service Organisations here has appealed to the district and civic authorities to allow small vendors, who come to the city to sell their products. In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, its president M. Sekaran said it was a century-old custom in Tiruchi wherein traders from various parts of the State come to the city to sell their products on the platform during the festival season. Many go for a late night purchase on the eve of the festival to purchase at a cheaper rate, he said. He also appealed to the authorities to open help desk at bus stands and commercial areas to assist shoppers.

Arrangements

Deployment in shift basis

60 personnel for crime prevention

High definition surveillance cameras installed

Watch towers at vantage points

Two vehicle parking areas

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