HYDERABAD: With the Allahabad High Court set to give its verdict on Thursday, the City Police have sounded an alert, extending prohibitory orders (Section 144) for one more week and even banning pillion-riding at night. This is in addition to the deployment of 20,000 policemen across the City on Thursday and Friday.
Though the police claimed they were not anticipating trouble, Hyderabad Police Commissioner AK Khan said they were geared up to meet any eventuality.
“Compared to September 24, the situation is not that volatile. Political parties and religious leaders have assured us they would take recourse to legal options if they are not satisfied with the Allahabad High Court’s judgment. We are not expecting much trouble,” Khan told reporters here.
Nonetheless, the CRPF and RAF would be deployed in the City Wednesday morning itself, he said adding that they had also asked the DGP for additional forces. To a query, he replied that the Army was not asked to be on the standby this time. “The Army would be ready for us within a couple of hours, if the need arises,’’ he said. The police has also written to the GHMC to remove flags from all places of worship. Senior officers and policemen, who have the experience of working in the City earlier, would also be asked to join bandobust duties.Under the prohibitory orders, not more than four can gather at any place at any given time, hold rallies, deliver speeches or display banners/ flags/placards. “Pillion-riding will not be allowed during night hours, i.e from 9 p.m to 6 a.m from September 28 to October 4. Women and children below 12 years are exempted from this rule,’’ Khan explained.
The police will also be asking the government to extend the ban on bulk SMSes for the next few days as it expires on Wednesday. They are also likely to make preventive arrests. “We will intensify our vigil from today itself,’’ the CP said.
Police officials will hold a meeting with religious leaders on Wednesday evening to seek their cooperation in maintaining law and order. Similarly, youth organisations at the police level were also identified and they would be asked to cooperate with the police.
Source: Indian Express