Eid, Rath Yatra: Police keep tabs on social media
Looking at the last three incidents of communal tensions in the State Capital, Ranchi Police were seen to have made foolproof arrangements for Rath Yatra and Eid on Sunday and Monday respectively. Police also claimed to have been keeping a close eye on the social media to avoid any untoward, incident during the festive days while security forces were seen marching on the streets of Ranchi since early in the morning on Sunday.
Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements were in place to ensure smooth conduct of Rath Yatra. Devotees were seen thronging on the roads leading to the 400-year-old Jagannath Temple where a chariot carrying idols of Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra were pulled up to Mausi Bari, located at a walking distance from the main temple.
“Around 250-300 security forces have been deployed for Rath Yatra all over the city while 600 police personnel are to be deployed for Eid on Monday,” said SP City Aman Kumar. An appeal has also been made to the people not to give heed over rumours and enjoy festivals as police was ready to deal with any kind of eventuality, he added.
Kumar further said that social media was also under scanner as a precautionary measure to check rumours during these two days. “Although, we are alert all the time, a close monitoring is also being done over the social media in the light of the incidents which took place in the State Capital in the recent days,” said the SP City. Proper deployment of police near mosques and ‘Eidgaah’ will also be made on Monday, he added.
The security forces also flag marched ahead of Rath Yatra Mela on Sunday lead by the DSPs in their respective areas along with the officer in charge of concerned Police Stations.
More than 600 security person sons along with two units of Rapid Action Force having 90 personnel in each of the unit have also been called in. The SP city said that mobile and static forces will also be deployed during the day all over the State Capital.
“A vehicle has also been provided to each of the static unit deployed during Eid festival so that they could also move in case of any eventuality without waiting for the mobile party to reach there,” said Kumar.
In addition to that, more than 2000 newly appointed constables will also be deployed on Monday. The annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, his brother Bhalabhadra and sister Subhadra is conducted at Jagannathpur, 12 km away from the State Capital. The Rath is taken from Jagannath temple to Mausi Bari.
The chariot on which the idols are taken to Mausi Bari is approximately 40 feet high and weighs more than 25 quintals. The festival, according a priest, marks the annual journey of three deities from the 12th century Jagannath temple, in three splendid decorated wooden chariots pulled by the devotees in the evening.
More than 800,000 devotees from different part of the country attended this procession to get a glimpse of the deities which is considered auspicious. The chariots were pulled by thousands of devotees with ropes while chanting hymns.
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