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Gearing up for annual exercise

COME DECEMBER 6, the law-enforcing agencies are on their tenterhooks.

Though there has been no untoward incident during Babri Masjid demolition anniversaries over the years in this part of the State, the police leave nothing to chance. As usual, this year also an elaborate security scheme has been planned to ensure a smooth annual affair.

A well-planned security arrangement has been chalked out covering all vital establishments, including places of worship, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board sub-stations and public transport system. While the vigil on statues of leaders has been stepped up, the local police are co-ordinating with railway authorities in guarding major bridges and trains.

"We have issued a general alert to SPs in the southern districts. There is no specific threat from intelligence agencies. Permission is not being given to any organisation to stage demonstrations/agitations in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition anniversary on December 6," says the Inspector-General of Police (South Zone), T.K. Rajendran.

In the city, night patrolling and vehicle checks have been intensified. The number of armed police personnel at check-posts has been strengthened. Apart from mobilising the entire city strength, the Commissioner of Police, Vijay Kumar, has also planed to rope in manpower from the Armed Reserve and Tamil Nadu Special Police (Sixth) Battalion.

At the railways, the Railway Protection Force and the Government Railway Police have launched a joint security exercise. The baggages of passengers are being frisked with the help of metal detectors and sniffer dogs. Announcements are being made at platforms requesting passengers/visitors not to touch unclaimed articles. Surveillance has also been enhanced at wayside stations.

Plainclothesmen will be posted in areas of public gathering such as bus stands, movie halls, shopping malls and commercial streets as a precautionary measure, add police sources.

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