Inspector General of Police Punjab, Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera has said that three layer security should be provided to all sensitive Imam bargahs, Majalis and Muharam processions. He also said that video recording of major and sensitive processions and Majalis be ensured, while chairing video link conference of RPOs and DPOs here at Central Police Office today.
This was stated by him while chairing a province-wide video link conference of RPOs and DPOs to discuss the security plan for Muharam processions and Majalis. The IGP Punjab directed the RPOs and DPOs to personally check and monitor security arrangements for major and sensitive Majalis and processions in their divisions and districts, along with regular briefing to the deployed Police personnel on the route to keep spirit of responsibility high in context of sensitive event.
All RPOs and DPOs joined the conference via video link while Addl: IG Welfare and Finance Sohail Khan, Addl: IG Operations Capt (Retired) Arif Nawaz, Addl: IG Special Branch Punjab Faisal Shahkar, Addl: IG Counter Terrorism Department Punjab Muhammad Tahir Roy, DIG Operations Punjab Aamir Zulfiqar Khan and AIG Operations Punjab Shehzada Sultan also attended the conference at Central Police Office.
While briefing the IGP, Addl: IG Operations Capt (Retired) Arif Nawaz shared that around 2 lac Police officers and officials will perform security duty to avert any untoward incident during Muharram processions and Majalis. 43000 “Police Qaumi Razakar” and 98000 volunteers will also help Punjab Police to ensure the security of the Muharam processions and Majalis.
IGP directed the Regional and District Police Officers to issue special identity cards to the deployed security personnel so that their identity could be verified and to make sure that security point incharges should be personally familiar with the Police officials on duty under their command. He further directed to crackdown against exhibition of the arms, vehicles with unauthorized black papered windows, blue lights and green number plates and strict action be taken against violators. Loud Speaker act should be implemented strictly and legal action should be carried out against violators without any discrimination.
“Taking Peace Committees’ members as stakeholders is very important to create harmony among all faiths. Close coordination with Peace Committees’ members will help Punjab Police to ensure security for Muharam, more effectively”, Said the IGP.