3,500 cops to perform security duties on Chehlum in Rawalpindi


RAWALPINDI: Over 3,500 cops will guard Chehlum processions and majalis on Friday as district police have finalised all arrangements to provide foolproof security cover to the mourners.

According to police officials, special branch, elite force, Punjab constabulary, lady police, PQR personnel and members of district peace committee will also be deployed to provide foolproof security cover to the participants of Chehlum processions and majalis of Rawalpindi city and tehsils of the district.

The Chehlum of Shuhada-e-Karbala will be observed on Friday. The security plan has been divided into six sectors and 17 sub-sectors. Except for licensed processions and majalis, no one would be allowed to hold new procession and majlis in the district.

A control room has also been set up while elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure security for the processions. The roads on the routes of the mourning processions will be completely closed for all kind of vehicular traffic.

Police under its security strategy will make concerted efforts, with the help of other departments concerned aimed at maintaining law and order and to avert any untoward incident.

Strict checking of vehicles is being conducted at entry and exit points of the city. There would be proper monitoring of the main procession as Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been installed to ensure security. Parking of vehicles will not be allowed at the route of the processions while no vehicle and motorcycle will be allowed to move with the processions.

No one will be allowed to stand on rooftops of the commercial and residential buildings situated along the route of the main procession and armed police personnel will be deployed on the rooftops of the buildings.

The main procession of the city will start from Imambargah Ashiq Hussain, and after passing through its traditional route will culminate at Imambargah Qadeemi.

According to the security plan, aerial surveillance of the procession will also be conducted to ensure the security of the mourners.

Special checking of the procession route would be carried out before the start of the procession and bomb disposal squad will clear the route. The mourners will be checked with metal detectors and walk through gates would be installed at the entry points of the procession.

The route of the main procession would be sealed completely and streets on the route will be barricaded.