LAHORE: After the Thursday’s operation against terrorists near prime minister’s residence in Raiwind as well as in the wake of ongoing Zerb-e-Azb operation in the North Waziristan Agency, the city police are on high alert and they have finalised their security plan for the upcoming Youm-e-Ali – martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA) – on 21st of Ramazan falling tomorrow (Sunday).
Over 4,000 personnel of police and other law-enforcement agencies will be deployed to provide security cover to mourning processions. The number of CCTV cameras and high-voltage lights have been enhanced to ensure crystal clear recording by surveillance cameras as well as to ensure foolproof vigil in highly sensitive areas, especially in and around the famous Shia worship place known as Karbala Gam-e-Shah.
Highly and specially trained snipers will be deployed on rooftops of buildings adjacent to important mosques, markets, bazaars and other public places on the routes of mourning processions.
The law-enforcement agencies have virtually sealed the provincial metropolis to ensure vigilance of sensitive and highly-sensitive areas.
The security forces will block all entry points on the routes of mourning processions and mourners will only be allowed to join any procession right from the starting point under the observation of the police and volunteers of organisers. No bystanders will be allowed to stay either on the streets or on the nearby rooftops.
The law-enforcement agencies have also started search operations in areas adjacent to routes of the main procession days before the event in order to ensure foolproof security.
The search operation will be conducted on a daily basis, Operations DIG Muhammad Waqas Nazir said during a meeting the other day.
Chairing the meeting in his office with religious leaders, businessmen and concerned police officers, the DIG said that sweep search operations on the procession routes would be conducted on a daily bases till the 21st of Ramazan.
DIG Nazir said that participants of the processions would undergo three-layer checking system that would include complete body search at the outset; passing through walkthrough gates; and then frisking by volunteers again.
All of the processions’ routes would be sealed with barriers and police would also be deployed on the rooftops of nearby buildings, he added.
He further said that personnel of the Elite Force, Quick Response Force, Operations and Investigation wings would also perform security duties. He also said that a temporary monitoring cell was being established in his office for ensuring round-the-clock monitoring of processions.
City SP Asad Sarfraz, Allama Mushtaq Hussain Jaafri, Haider Ali Mirza, Khawaja Basharat and Mehtab Ahmad Khan attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, Lahore Division Commissioner Rashid Mahmood Langrial has also said that all security arrangements have been completed in connection with Youm-e-Ali. He said that all mourning processions would be fully secured.
During a meeting, he directed officials to get certificates of completion of assigned duties from concerned departments. The commissioner said that officials concerned had visited routes of processions from security point of view and that the police had started patrolling the areas.
He said that CCTV cameras would be installed on the routes of processions and control rooms would also be set up to monitor the processions. Clerics, licence holders and organisers participating in the meeting expressed satisfaction on the arrangements.
Sources said that city police have arrested hundreds of innocent people in the name of security and locked them up in different police stations. They further said that a number of citizens were gathered outside City Division police stations after being informed about the arrest of their near and dear ones over unknown issues.
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