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Testing time for city police

Special Correspondent

Ganesh immersion, Babri Masjid verdict keep them on high alert


Over 30,000 personnel assisted by bomb disposal squads will be on guard till Saturday

Police told not to hesitate to use force in the event of any trouble, says an official


— Photo: K. RAMESH BABU

All set: Authorities are all geared up for the immersion on Wednesday. It is expected that 40,000 idols woud be immersed at different locations under the GHMC limits

HYDERABAD: The annual mega event of the State capital, the Ganesh immersion procession on Wednesday, appears to be overshadowed by anticipated turn of events on account of the verdict to be given by Allahabad High Court on the Babri Masjid title suit.

Though the law enforcement agencies are confident of ensuring the annual event passes off peacefully, the entire focus is on the emerging law and order situation in the communally sensitive parts of Hyderabad following the pronouncement of the Babri Masjid verdict on Friday evening.

Though the city police are confident of tackling any volatile situation, the 30,000-odd police force drafted for security on the ‘nimajjan' day will literally keep its fingers crossed. The entire police force will be on ‘stand-to' command till Saturday, meaning there would not be any let up in the tight security blanket thrown over the State capital.

Huge contingent

“We expect the Ganesh nimajjan to pass off peacefully”, was the unanimous opinion of most of the senior officers. There are more than 30,000 police officers and men on duty keeping an eagle's eye on the nook and corner of the city. Thirty bomb disposal squads assisted by 30 sniffer dogs would be ready to rush to any place to thwart any effort of creating tension using explosives. The entire procession routes have already been sanitised.

As usual, the focus of the police officers would be to ensure that the procession starts early from Balapur and the immersion completed by at least midnight.

“The capabilities of the city police force will be tried on Friday. If Friday and Saturday pass off peacefully, it would be a major achievement”, a top official involved in monitoring the situation averred. “We can not hazard any guess on how Friday would turn out to be. Any outbreak of trouble anywhere in the country would have a ripple effect in Hyderabad. It's not just Hyderabad police but the capabilities of Indian police would be put to test”.

In the event of trouble breaking out following the Allahabad verdict, the police have been asked not to hesitate to use force instantly.

“There would not be any situation where we show patience. We will nip the trouble in the bud”, an official asserted.

Considering the possibilities of delays in deciding on the quantum of force to be used, SP rank officers have been given charge of each division. “Under no circumstances, the police teams will show any restraint. The use of force will be meticulous though the intention is not to kill or aggravate the situation by opening fire. It's the Golden Hour principle – best possible reaction within shortest span of time - that will be the guiding factor”.

Tackling rumours

To tackle the menace of rumour mongering, all cellular providers have been ordered to suspend transmission of bulk text messages and TV channels reminded of rule position in telecast of news scrolls, stories based on rumours.

The Commissioner of Police, A.K. Khan had in fact issued a detailed circular on drawing attention of the media organisations on the guidelines prescribed under the Cable Networks Act.

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