BAHAWALPUR: More than 6,000 police personnel have been deployed to provide security to 285 mourning processions and 240 majalis (religious congregations) to be held on Muharram 9 and 10. Police said 33 mourning processions and 15 majalis have been declared extremely sensitive.
City police have prepared a comprehensive security plan to provide security and maintain peace throughout the district where additional police contingents have been deployed to avoid any untoward incident. Police sources said 33 processions have been declared extremely sensitive out of total 285 processions. Meanwhile, 15 majalis have also been declared sensitive and police said extraordinary security measures would be taken to provide security to the participants. Keeping in view the sensitivity of the these processions and majalis, more than 6,000 police personnel from Elite, Quick Response Force, Traffic Police and Punjab Constabulary have been deployed at sensitive spots in the city. Meanwhile, Police National Volunteer and Hussaini Volunteer will also observe their duties.
Important mourning processions and majalis will be monitored through CCTV cameras and video recordings of these events would also be done. Police snipers have been deployed on the roof of buildings on the either side of the routes of the processions. Police sources revealed that all the processions and majalis would be provided three-tier security.
All the people participating in processions and majalis will be physically searched and scanned through metal detectors and walkthrough gates.
Routes of processions have been technically swept by the personnel of special branch. As per instructions issued by the authorities, all the vehicles would be parked at least 200 metres away from the venue of processions and majalis. Police have asked administrators of mourning processions and majalis to ensure the implementation of complete code of conduct regarding Muharram.
On the inter-district and inter-provincial check posts strict checking system should be adapted and video recording of all the passengers should be done while pickets should be established on the entrance and exit ways of the city and ensure strict checking.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2017.