Thousands of police personnel have been deployed across the State; vigil stepped up in sensitive areas, places of worship and crowded locations
Communally sensitive Coimbatore city came under a security blanket on Saturday morning in view of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute.
In the city, a total of 1,800 police personnel were deployed in sensitive areas, public places and places of religious importance. The police arranged for security at temples and mosques in the city from the early hours of Saturday. Armed personnel from the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and the RAF (Rapid Action Force) were also part of the security cover in the city.
Security was also stepped up in communally sensitive Mettupalayam. A senior police officer said that Additional Director General of Police Shankar Jiwal was overseeing the security apparatus in Coimbatore district.
According to K. Periaiah, Inspector General of Police (West Zone), around 11,000 police personnel have been deployed in the eight districts of the West Zone.
Secuirty has been stepped up Madurai city as well, in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict, on Saturday. Around 3,000 police personnel have been deployed in various parts of the city, especially those identified as communally-sensitive spots. However, all schools and colleges and government offices functioned as usual, though vehicular traffic was thin
Commissioner of Police S. Davidson Devasirvatham said that security has been beefed up in almost all the the places identified as sensitive. Police patrol has been intensified and check posts strengthened. Four Deputy Commissioners of Police and an Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police have been patrolling one police range each.
Police personnel have been deployed at places of worship, offices of religious groups, crowded places like bus stands and railway stations and vital installations. Vigil has also been stepped up in certain pockets.
At the Madurai Railway junction, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Tamil Nadu Railway Police have tightened security. All passengers entering the railway junction are being frisked and their luggages scanned. Sniffer dogs have been deployed by the RPF.
The security personnel took up open-line patrolling since Friday night, TRP Deputy Superintendent of Police, A. Elangovan said.
Armed guards at Andal Temple in Srivilliputtur
The Andal Temple in Srivilliputtur was brought under tight police security on Saturday. Armed guards have been posted at the temple, the tower of which represents Tamil Nadu Government emblem.
Virudhunagar district Superintendent of Police, P. Perumal, said that picketing has been posted at all places of worship. Open-line patrolling too, has been intensified. One quick reaction team has been posted at each of the police sub-divisions
Visible policing has been increased at crowded places like bus stands and railway stations.