Hyderabad: The city police has gone on high alert prevent burglary, theft, snatching and pickpocketing on the final day of Ganesh immersion on Sunday. Senior police officials have asked citizens to keep extra vigil on their residences and colonies, especially on the city outskirts, since the focus of the force will be on providing security to the immersion festivites. Temple committees and festival organisers have been told to put up warning boards in their premises on snatching and pick pocketing.
Meanwhile, for the first time, the police will be monitoring the procession routes from the Command Control Centre using CCTV cameras. Hyderabad police commissioner Mahender Reddy said the real time monitoring would help police to watch every inch of the procession route.
“As many as 400 high resolution cameras have been directly linked to the Command Control Centre, where officers will monitor every inch of the procession routes. If anyone creates any trouble, these cameras will help us identify them easily,” said the commissioner.
The police has also covered the Hussainsagar with 70 cameras. “These cameras are also linked to the CCC as part of the security surveillance,” said Mr Reddy. Officials in Cyberabad said that offenders might take advantage of the situation when people lock their houses and go out for the festival. The residents either have to ensure a few people remain in the house or keep their property hidden.
Following instructions from the police, many temples and festival organisers have already put up warning signs on pick pocketing and snatching. The organisers have also asked the devotees to alert police using emergency numbers of local police stations if they fall victim to any offence. Senior police officials asked citizens not to believe in any rumours and always alert the police if they come across suspicious activities or objects.
Ganesh rallies to occupy all roads
Hyderabad police commissioner Mahender Reddy said on Saturday that vehicles other than those carrying Ganesh idols will be diverted at many points along the main procession route and at other points adjoining the routes on Sunday.
The only place where vehicles can cross between the western and eastern parts of the city is at Basheerbagh Junction. Police advised commuters to use the Ring Road and Begumpet area to avoid diversions. All side roads leading to the main procession route will be barricaded, the police chief said....