Security plan finalized for Muharram

Bashir Ahmad Rehmani

District police Hafizabad has finalised comprehensive security plan for keeping peace during the holy month of Muharram. According to security plan 2700 police personals and 865 volunteers have been deployed to provide protection to participants of 139 mourners processions and 603 majalis during Ashura Muharram in the district. DPO Sardar Mavarhan Khan told that 139 processions have been divided into three categories ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ according to sensitivities.

15 processions are declared most sensitive, 20 processions are keep in category ‘B’ and 104 in category whereas 45 majalis are declared most sensitive, 63 are keep in category ‘B’ and 495 are keep in category ‘C’ while additional security arrangements are made to provide protection to most sensitive processions and majalis, he said.

He said that special training was imparted the volunteers at Arif Shaheed Poice Lines Hafizabad while meeting had also conducted with members peace committees, trades, ulema and licensees of processions and majalis to seek their cooperation for keeping peace, implantation on code of conduct issued by the Punjab government and abid by the routes and timings of processions and majalis already.

He also said that entry of 24 ulema and zakeerns were banned while tongue of 24 fiery speakers was gagged during the holy month of Muharram in the district. All routes of processions will be sealed with fence wire, sweeping of procession routes and place of majalis will be conducted before starting processions and majalis, he said and added that three tier security would be provided to processions while all participants of processions and majalis will be checked by metal detector and walk thorough gates.

He further said that snipers will be posted at roof tops of homes and shops on the routes of processions and more than 200 CCTV cameras would be installed to monitor processions.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Hafizabad Allah Ditta Warraich visited routes of processions and Imam Barghas and reviews security arrangements. AC Rab Nwaz Chadhr, DSP Hashim Gujjar, and other officers were also accompanied by him. During the visit, DC directed the Chief Officer MC to remove all encroachments on the routes of processions immediately, to improve cleanliness. He directed the officers of PTCL, Wapda and Sui Gas to complete their work to rectify pipelines and wire.

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