Kerala

Weekend rush at Sabarimala

Sabarimala witnessed heavy rush on Saturday as hundreds of devotees undertook their annual pilgrimage to the forest shrine, making use of the weekend holidays.

The pilgrims had to wait for five to six hours inside the thickly packed barricades along the Saramkuthi-Sannidhanam stretch of the trekking path to reach the temple sopanam.

Police personnel deployed on the northern part of the Lower Tirumuttom as well as the Malikappuram area struggled to regulate the crowd. However, they soon got assistance from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel attached to the Central Reserve Police Force. The NDRF personnel brought the situation under control in 20 minutes.



Virtual queue

The police said 46,000 pilgrims used the Virtual Queue system through online booking on Saturday. According to P.N.Rameshkumar, Police Special Officer at Sannidhanam, 1,000 police officers have been deployed at Sabarimala Sannidhanam.

Sannidhanam has been divided into 10 segments, headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police each, for easy surveillance. Spotters have been deployed in these areas, besides armed security personnel.

As many as 25 Circle Inspectors, 55 Sub-Inspectors, and 780 civil police officers have been deployed at the Sannidhanam and surrounding areas.

As many as 140 Rapid Action Force commandos and 40 NDRF personnel have been deployed at different points.

Commandos of the CRPF and the State Police have been deployed at the temple precincts and other vulnerable points identified at Sabarimala. A highly trained 10-member security squad has been deployed to meet emergencies. Mr. Rameshkumar said security had been tightened at Marakkoottom and Paandithavalom, identified as vulnerable areas.

CCTV cameras have been installed at different points along the Pampa-Sannidhanam path.

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