Haridwar, June 25
With major cities of the country coming under terrorist attack in the past few years, as was feared, the pilgrim city of Haridwar is now on the radar of terrorists, who are eyeing the sensitive fair of Kanwars to execute their nefarious designs.
As per a communiqué sent by Union Ministry of Home Affairs to the state police headquarters, specific precautionary measures have been directed to be taken during the Kanwar pilgrimage in Haridwar, scheduled from July 4 onwards.
Talking to TNS, Superintendent of City Police Kiran Lal Shaw said that in view of the Home Ministry directions, a special security plan is being made with foolproof security cover so that any terrorist attack can be thwarted.
In view of the threat perception, round the clock checking drive has been started with patrolling at the sensitive points like Har-ki-Pauri, railway station, bus station, important government buildings and congested bazaars.
All the dharmshalas, ashrams, lodges, hotels, guest houses and tenants are being verified so that terrorists don't easily utilise these as hideouts and also suspected persons can be nabbed before they execute any violent act.
Snipers will be posted at specific points during the Kanwar with state’s cream force Guldaar being put on high alert during the fair so that in case of any eventuality, commandos of Guldaar, who have been given training on the lines of National Security Guard, spring into action for which they are specially trained.
Nodal Officer for Kanwar fair Deputy Inspector General of Dehradun Range Sanjay Gunjiyal said that in view of the potential threat, coordination between various states' police through which Kanwar pilgrimage passes is being done.
While all the districts of Uttarakhand through which Kanwariyas pass in large number, viz Haridwar, Dehradun, Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal, district chiefs have been given requisite directives of being cautious during the whole Kanwar fair.
As more than 1.50 crore Kanwariyas are expected to come to this Kanwar fair, Haridwar police has decided to deploy police personnel in attire of Kanwariyas so that they mingle with them and get information and inputs easily without getting noticed.

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