2400 cops to guard Ashura procession in Rawalpindi.


RAWALPINDI -- Police have finalised arrangements to shield main procession of Youm-e-Ashur to be taken out today (Tuesday) in the city.

Following the orders of City Police Officer (CPO) Capt (R) Faisal Rana, a total of 2,400 well-equipped cops including senior and junior police officers would be deployed to protect the main procession, informed police spokesman Inspector Imran Abbas here on Monday.

He said that the four companies of Rangers and Pakistan Army would also be on standby to assist the police to combat any crunch moment. He said that the CPO, Divisional SPs including Syed Ali, Rai Mazhar and Asif Masood had also paid a visit to the route of the main procession and reviewed the security arrangements. He said that a total of 3,500 cops would impart security duties in the district to provide security to small and big processions on Youm-e-Ashur.

He said that sharp shooters would be deployed on high rise buildings along the route of main procession besides monitoring the movement of suspects through CCTV and drone cameras. 'Rawalpindi police have buckled up to provide foolproof security to the mourners and participants of processions and Majalis,' he said.

A well-equipped monitoring room has also been established to keep a vigil on movement of suspects and outlaws during the big day, he said.

Meanwhile, CPO directed the subordinates to keep a close eye on the proscribed outfits, and persons on the 4th schedule list, especially those absent from their native areas to take them into custody, and ensure effective monitoring of their social media accounts.

Rawalpindi Police has been instructed to closely monitor the criminals and banned organizations by being in the legal limitations, he said. He, while addressing a high level meeting, said that proscribed organizations and their human assets will be monitored closely to ensure peace because they can be a potential threat for the peace and harmony of society. All the three divisional SsP are bound to ensure...

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