Over 36,000 policemen to guard Eid congregations

2,680 CCTV cameras will monitor sensitive mosques, imambargahs

Our Correspondent May 12, 2021
Eid prayers held in large congregations throughout the country. PHOTO: REUTERS/File


Punjab Police has chalked out a comprehensive plan for the security of citizens and Eid gatherings at sensitive mosques, imambargahs and other places across the province.

Inspector General of Police Punjab Inam Ghani said senior officers should pay attention to the inspection of security arrangements of Eid gatherings of A category and sensitive mosques, imambargahs and minority worship places. He said police teams should also extend full cooperation to the district administration and other government agencies in implementing government directives regarding lockdown during Eid holidays.

He further said that snipers must be deployed on the roofs of sensitive mosques, imambargahs and minority places of worship during security arrangements for Eidul Fitr gatherings while CTD, special police and other forces should be deployed in and around sensitive mosques, imambargahs and places of worship and undertake the search, sweep, combing and intelligence-based operations in and around the slums.

He expressed these views while reviewing the security arrangements for Eid gatherings and giving instructions to the officers. Regarding Eid security arrangements, the IGP was informed that 36,086 officers and personnel including 256 inspectors, 522 inspectors, 1,731 sub-inspectors, 3461 ASIs, 2,508 head constables, 27,608 constables would be on duty for the security of 25,249 mosques, imambargahs and 807 open spaces in all districts of the province.

The IGP also directed the officer to take strict action against kite seller and kite flying.

He further said the officers and personnel on Eid security duty should also be given effective briefing so that they can perform their duties efficiently.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2021.


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