Rawalpindi—Foolproof security arrangements have been finalized for the Chehlum of “Shuhada-e-Karbala” to be observed on Nov 21.
According to police, 3000 cops alongwith nine companies of Army, one Rangers company, special branch police, Elite Force, Punjab Constabulary, Ladies police and members of district peace committee will be deployed to provide full security cover to the Chehlum processions and Majalis of Rawalpindi City and tehsils of the district.
Except licensed processions and majalis, no one would be allowed to hold new processions and majalis in the district.
A control room has also been set-up in TMO, Rawal Town office while elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure security for the Chehlum processions while the roads on the routes of the mourning processions will be completely closed for all kind of vehicular traffic. Police under its security strategy will make concerted efforts with the help of other departments concerned aimed at maintaining law & order and to avert any untoward incident. Strict checking of vehicles is being made at entry and exist points of the Rawalpindi city. There would be strict monitoring of the main procession as Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been installed to ensure the security. Parking of vehicles would not be allowed at the route of the Chehlum processions while no vehicle and motorcycle will be allowed to move with the processions.
No one will be allowed to stand on roof tops of the commercial and residential buildings situated along the route of the main procession while armed police personnel will be deployed on the rooftops of the buildings.
The main procession of the city will start from Imambargah Ashiq Hussain, Teli Mohalla and after passing through its traditional route will culminate at Imambargah Qadeemi.
According to the security plan, aerial surveillance of Chehlum procession will be conducted to ensure security of the mourners. City District government has banned pillion riding in the city to ensure foolproof security at processions and congregations. Special checking of Chehlum procession route would be carried out before start of the procession and bomb disposal squad will clear the route.
The mourners will be checked with metal detectors and walk through gates would be installed at the entry points of the procession.
City Traffic Police have also finalized arrangements for the Chehlum. A traffic plan has been issued to facilitate the motorists.