Tight security in place for Thrissur Pooram; Thunderbolt, bomb squad deployed
Thrissur: In the wake of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, security has been tightened for Thrissur Pooram on Monday. Many central security agencies will arrive in Thrissur for this purpose. For the first time such massive security is arranged for the pooram.
Thunderbolt commandos and bomb squad will be deployed on the temple premises and town on Pooram day.
Most modern facilities are arranged to detect and defuse bombs. 160 bomb experts will arrive here. 10 dog sqauds will be on service. The bomb squad is equipped with the equipment to defuse the bomb on the spot itself.
On Friday, top police officials including Thrissur range IG Balram Kumar Upadhyay and city police commissioner Yathish Chandra detailed the security arrangements at a press meet here.
Police have intensified security in the town from Saturday till Tuesday.
Strict inspection and Surveillance
On Monday, Thrissur Pooram day, people will have to pass through metal detectors before entering Vadakkumnathan temple as part of security. Women squad will be deployed to inspect women here.
Modern facilities will be arranged at west gate (Padinjare gopura nada) and east gate (kizhake gopura nada) to inspect the people. 40 door frame metal detectors will be used for this purpose.
At the same time the inspector general of police requested the public to inform the police if they found any people in suspicious state or observed any unusual incident.
As part of surveillance, binoculars used by coastal guard will be installed in many buildings. CCTV cameras installed at Vadakkumnatha temple, Thekkinkadu maidan, Swaraj Round and premises. Police will monitor the places through 80 cameras.
At the same time, strict inspection will be carried out at VVIP gallery. During Ilanjitharamelam, Kudamattam and fireworks display only volunteers of the devaswom boards will be allowed to enter the nearest spots.
Police strictly directed the people to avoid bags and plastic bottles before entering the temple and its premises.
Hydrogen ballons and food courts will not be allowed in the Thekkinkadu maidan.
Special branch officials inspected the mahouts, elephant owners, assistants and fireworks labourers and issued identity card to them. Police inspected the details of festival committee members and volunteers.
Badge for percussionists was made mandatory in Pooram. All percussion instruments will be scanned.
Police alert public to be vigilant on strangers
People are directed not to give house or vehicles for rent to strangers. Issue of SIM cards without ID proof also is restricted. Shop owners or service centres were asked to give details of strangers who come to purchase SIM card and phone.
Meanwhile, hotels are directed to ensure operation of CCTV cameras. Details of foreign guests should be given to the police.
A crisis management team was also formed for Pooram. A Pooram control room and district control room will function for 24 hours to coordinate the team activities.
Dial 100 to contact the control room.