Tight Security for Puri Rath Yatra

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the Rath Yatra in Puri which about 10 lakh devotees are expected to witness. Keeping in view the stampede deaths in last year’s yatra, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has personally supervised the arrangements a few days ago.

Special care is being taken to ensure safety of the devotees. District Magistrate B J Sarma and Revenue Divisional Commissioner A K Mina coordinated the arrangement. There will be round-the-clock supply of power and water during the festival.

Over 80 platoons of armed police personnel have been deployed in and around the city to ensure smooth conduct of the yatra. Two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) besides intelligence sleuths were engaged to ferret out terror suspects and anti-socials.

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