Sabarimala: Police to cover shrine under 6 zones
Thiruvananthapuram: With the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple gearing up for the one-month long pilgrimage season, police have beefed up security in the backdrop of violent protests over the supreme court verdict allowing entry for all women into the shrine.
State police chief Loknath Behera informed that security arrangements will be enforced by dividing the shrine and its premises into six zones. A total of 15,259 police personnel will be deployed in four phases of security under 55 Superintendent of Police (SP) and Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) ranked officials.
Meanwhile, South zone ADGP Anil Kant will be the chief coordinator of security during the pilgrimage season. S Ananthakrishnan, ADGP headquarters and Thiruvananthapuram range IG Manoj Abraham will be the co-chief coordinator and joint chief co-ordinator respectively.
Pathanamthitta district police chief T Narayanan will be the special liaison officer.
20 commandos of Kerala Police under a sub inspector will be on duty at Sannidhanam. Another team of 20 commandos will be deployed at Pampa.
Thunderbolt commandos will camp at Maniyar in order to handle any situation in the shrine and its premises. A bomb squad of police including 234 members will be deployed at Pampa and Sannidhanam.
Two teams of Rapid Action Force will be on duty at Sabarimala and its premises. Two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will also camp in the premises.
Meanwhile, 30 women police personnel of Karnataka police under one-woman inspector and two women sub-inspectors also arrived here.