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Tight security for Pitripaksh

Elaborate security arrangements will be made for the forthcoming 17-day-long Pitripaksh Mela beginning from September 8.

Installation of closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs), setting up of temporary police camps and deployment of police forces in the mela area are some of the measures being taken.

District magistrate (DM) Sanjay Kumar Agarwal is reviewing the arrangements for the mela on a regular basis. During his visit to the Vishnupad temple area on Sunday, the DM expressed dissatisfaction over the condition of some vedis (the mound-like structure where pinddaan rituals are performed). He ordered for clean vedis and installation of fans there. Different committees dealing with transportation, accommodation, security and food supply and headed by district administration officials have been formed. During inspection of different ponds such as Ramsagar, Brahmsat, Rukmini and Vaitarni on Saturday Agarwal had directed cleaning of their ghats and erection of tents to protect pinddaanis from sun and rain.

Police chalked out a plan according to which at least 37 temporary police camps would be opened at different places of Gaya town. A total of 1,200 police personnel have been requisitioned. All the camps would be equipped with wireless sets.

Gaya senior superintendent of police Nishant Kumar Tiwary said: “There are plans to regulate traffic. Places like Gaya College khel parisar, the place near sun temple at Kendui village and the Industrial Training Institute campus on Gaya-Bodhgaya road have been identified for parking of vehicles. An adequate number of police personnel and traffic guards would be deployed to regulate the traffic.”