5,000 police personnel deployed; Notice to 350 Ganeshotsav Mandals, loudspeakers
Thane: On the day of Anant Chaturdashi, the Corona rules should not be violated and the Thane Police will be on high alert to prevent any untoward incidents. About 5,000 police personnel will be deployed on Ganesh Visarjan Ghat, city roads. Police have issued notices to 350 Ganeshotsav circles and loudspeakers. Dog squads and bomb disposal squads are conducting inspections at the immersion site, Thane police said.
The state government has imposed restrictions on Ganeshotsav this year as well due to the threat of a possible third wave of corona. Circles will not be able to hold immersion processions due to these restrictions. Therefore, to prevent any violation of the rules, the Thane Police has deployed around 5,000 police personnel in the Commissionerate area, namely, from Thane to Badlapur and Bhiwandi. It will have a force of 150 sub-inspectors from other police commissionerates, a 120-member rapid reaction force, four units of state reserve police force, 700 home guards and 3,500 police officers and staff from the Thane police force. Bomb disposal squads and dog squads are also deployed at the immersion ghats in the city. Immersion losses are being inspected by these teams every 24 hours.
For the last few days, the police have started holding meetings of Ganeshotsav Mandals within the boundaries of the police stations in the Commissionerate area. Police are advising people not to remove the procession and not to break the rules. Police have issued notices to Ganeshotsav mandals, loudspeakers and dholtashe squads for possible violation of Karona rules. Violation of the Corona rules will result in legal action, the notice said.
A police force will be deployed in Thane Police Commissionerate area on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi. We have instructed the Ganeshotsav Mandals to follow the Karona rules.
– Shrikrishna Kokate, Deputy Commissioner, Special Branch.