RAWALPINDI: In absence of safe city project, Rawalpindi remains vulnerable on sensitive occasions like Muharram, Chehlum and Eid-e-Miladun Nabi.
Law enforces missing surveillance system an impediment in securing the processions taken out on these occasions.
The Rawalpindi police have therefore decided to rent out 700 CCTV cameras to monitor the situation on Ashura day in Muharram. However, the department is seeking private donors to fund security cameras rental expenses.
“Police will ensure foolproof security for all religious processions and gatherings,” Regional Police Officer (RPO) Muhammad Ahsan Tufail said on Saturday.
The police chief of the Rawalpindi division held a meeting with regional and district peace committees and Ulemas and Zakireen from different schools of thought at his office.
He said that people on pulpit should give the message of high moral values, love, harmony and fraternity amongst people. RPO Tufail called upon the religious leaders stop people from spreading hate speech.
He said that there was a long history of conspiracies to divide Muslims into sects, whereas people could lead good lives if they were mindful of their actions and took care of their social and religious affairs and responsibilities.
The district administration and city police have devised a security plan for Ashura and Eid Miladun-Nabi.
Under the plan, the police will rent out 700 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to keep a vigilant eye on participants of three big processions during Ashura and Chehlum.
The administration has requested private parties to arrange funds for this purpose while the contract for their installation would be completed on August 19. The contractor would be bound to install the uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system will with cameras to ensure round the clock monitoring.
The entire path of all three processions will be monitored through CCTVs while a separate control room would be established for them as well.
Up to 300 cameras would be installed at Fawara Chowk and Dangi Khoi Chowk to ensure monitoring of every nook and corner.
The cameras will remain active from September 6 to 12 for Ashura and from October 18 to 21 for Chehlum.
There would be a complete restriction on standing in balconies, on roofs and possession and waving of ammunition. Moreover, participants will not be allowed to carry cigarettes or lighters with them either.
The participants will enter the procession from a single point by passing walk-through gates while the entire procession route would be blocked with barbed wires and containers.
The cameras will be reactivated again from November 8 to 11 during Eid Miladun-Nabi. There will also be a complete ban on big vehicles, bullock carts, drums and other noisy instruments, and pillion riding during this period.
RPO Tufail has directed police deployed on checkpoints along river banks to be ready for any eventually especially floods besides keeping constant vigil over the movement of outlaws especially drugs smugglers thorough river routes.
He expressed these views during his surprise visit to riverside post Jabba in Hazro.
District Police Officer Syed Ali Akbar and Sub Divisional Police Officer Hazro circle Ghulam Asghar Chandia was also present on this occasion.
He said that as many as 49 riverine posts have been set up in eight districts of Punjab to restrict the movement of terrorists and criminals. He said that special police force has deployed at riverine posts to curb crimes, strengthen rescue and relief operations during floods and help protect the endangered Indus dolphin.
On this occasion, the RPO has also directed the SDPO to compile monthly reports of patrolling boats, number of personals and fuel expenditure of all riverine check posts and to share performance report with CPO of last 6 months of all riverine check posts.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2019.
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