Rath Yatra 2018: 1000 Police Officers Mobilised, 140 Platoons To Be Deployed

**Bhubaneswar: ** At least 1000 police officers from the ranks of Sub-Inspector (SI) to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) have been mobilised for the upcoming Rath Yatra in Puri, informed Odisha DGP RP Sharma after chairing a meeting of senior police officials here today.

After the meeting, Sharma informed that the security arrangements for the Rath Yatra are at its final stages. The motive of the meeting was to establish coordination between the police officials who have been given different charges for smooth conduct of the festival. In view of the issues and challenges faced during Rath Yatra last year, discussions were held on how to address them this year.

“Various senior officers have been given charges of temple security, traffic management, crowd management and contingency plan. ADG (Provisioning) Satyajit Mohanty is in charge of all the arrangements. IG rank officers will be given major supervisory charges who will be assisted by DIG, Deputy Commandant, SP, ASP, Commandant rank officers,” he added.

The DGP further informed that nearly 2000 Home Guards have been given various charges and 140 platoons of police force from various battalions of armed police will be deployed.

Besides, two units each of Rapid Action Force (RAF), Odisha Swift Action Force (OSAF) and Special Tactical Unit (STU) and one unit each of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) will be positioned in Puri.

“CCTV cameras have been installed from Pipili to Puri and one way traffic system will be put at place to avoid traffic congestion. A letter has been sent to the Central Government to deploy at least two units of National Security Guard (NSG), that will be stationed nearby and their services can be used in case of emergency,” he added.

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