Heavy Security Arrangement for Dussehra in Patna

Senior district officials reviewing Dussehra preparation at Gandhi Maidan.

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Patna: Top district officials in Patna on Thursday held a high-level meeting at the Gandhi Maidan to review preparedness for Dussehra and the ensuing 'slaying of Demon King Ravan' on Saturday to mark the end of the 10-day festival in the presence of an estimated crowd of five lakh.

Artists giving last minute touch to the effigies of Ravan and his brothers at Patna's Gandhi Maidan.Artists giving last minute touch to the effigies of Ravan and his brothers at Patna's Gandhi Maidan.In the joint briefing of the District Magistrate, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj, Judicial Magistrates, Traffic SPs, and other senior officials, it was decided to allow entrance into the Gandhi Maidan around 1:00 pm on Saturday with the torching of Ravan taking place at around 5:30 pm.

All the gates will be open at all times to avoid any stampede at the end of the function, the District Magistrate Sanjay Agrawal said adding all the security officials and magistrates would take their place by 1:00 pm to monitor activities from all angles.

A watch tower to be manned by senior police officials has been installed at all gates. Equipped with public address (PA) systems and security cameras, these watch towers will monitor all activities throughout the event and will remain in touch with other officials and watch towers at all time in the event of an emergency.

Altogether 70 security cameras have been installed at the maidan and each gate will have the presence of a well-equipped ambulance manned by a senior doctor. The ambulances will be carrying emergency paraphernalia like oxygen tank, life-saving drugs, and para-medical staff and will remain in constant touch with the main control center set up at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).

The administration has also issued a directive banning passing of immersion processions right after the 'Ravan Dahan' program.

"Until the entire crowd has gone from the Gandhi Maidan, no one will be allowed to take out immersion procession that must go through the maidan," the Traffic SP said.

To keep utmost control on the crowd heading for idol immersion, the administration has allowed the use of only six ghats and one pond including Digha Ghat, Collectorate Ghat, Kali Ghat, Gai Ghat, Bhadra Ghat, and Manikchand Pon, formerly known as the Mangal Talab.


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