People had no problem in visiting memorial by public transport: SP
The Maruthu brothers’ guru puja passed off peacefully as hundreds of people, mostly youth from various parts of the district and neighbouring districts, visited the memorial at Kalayarkoil, near here on Sunday and paid homage amid tight security.
As the event was marred by violence last year with an armed mob killing Sub-Inspector of Police Alwin Sudhan at Thirupachethi, the district administration had promulgated prohibitory order under section 144 of Cr PC and banned volunteers travelling in all types of hired vehicles and two wheelers to the memorial.
Heeding to the restrictions, the volunteers visited the memorial in their own vehicles after obtaining passes from police stations in their respective areas and travelling by state transport corporation buses to pay their homage.
“The event passed off without any untoward incident and law and order was maintained,” Superintendent of Police Ashwin Kotnis said. He said shops were opened in Kalayarkoil and other parts of the district and normalcy was maintained. “At the end of the day everyone was happy…both the volunteers and the general public,” he told ‘The Hindu.’
He said only two routes were banned for the volunteers and adequate bus services were maintained on all routes. The volunteers faced no problem in visiting the memorial by public transport, the SP said.
Police sources said after the banning of hired vehicles, there were only 360 vehicles compared to about 1,600 vehicles received last year. Near the memorial, a hassle free arrangement was made by the police for the volunteers. Those who were coming in their own vehicles were made to walk down to the memorial after alighting in front of the Kalayarkoil temple. Two passages were maintained for the volunteers to pay homage and return back to the parking bay.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Anand Kumar Somani visited Kalayarkoil and supervised the security arrangement. The local SP was assisted by Dindigul SP T.Jayachandran and Battallion Commandant SP M.Easwaran. Four Additional SPs, 17 DSPs and more than 2,600 police personnel were on security for the event.