Tight security for passage of Lord Balabhadra’s daru through Odisha capital

Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Apr 30:

Twin City commissionerate police have made elaborate security arrangements to provide foolproof security to Lord Balabhadra’s daru mounted on a sagadi (cart), which would pass through Odisha’s Capital city tomorrow on its way to Puri tomorrow morning.

Commissioner RP Sharma   (Photo: Biswaranjan Mishra)
Commissioner RP Sharma
(Photo: Biswaranjan Mishra)

A meeting was convened at the commissionerate headquarter office here today to deliberate on ways to avert any untoward incident during the passage of the sagadi carrying the Lord’s daru through the city. Presided over by the Twin City Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr R P Sharma, the meeting was attended by Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi, Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora and other senior police officials.

Ii was decided at the meeting that 12 platoons of police forces will be deployed providing a two-tier security to the religious event. The cart will move in a security cordon and police would keep a hawk eye to ensure that no visitor breaks into the cordon.

Movement of heavy vehicles will not be allowed on National Highway- 5 from 10 am onwards tomorrow for the smooth movement of the cart. For this, traffic system has been slightly changed with one-way traffic arrangement by the commissionerate police.

Dr Sharma informed that Lord Balabhadra’s daru would reach Cuttack Sadar in the wee hours of Friday and make its way through Phulnakhara to reach Pahala by 10 am.

Daitapatis and others accompanying the sagadi will take rest for a few hours at the Jagannath Temple in Pahala and will then proceed towards Bhubaneswar. The cart will divert its way at Palasuni bypass and take the Bhubaneswar-Puri new highway to reach Pipili. From Pipili whether the cart will take Pipili route or will be taken along the highway has not been decided yet, said the CP.

“No heavy vehicles will be allowed from Cuttack side. Elaborate security arrangement have been made for the smooth movement of the cart. Traffic mobile unit and striking forces will be deployed on the NH 5 for this purpose,” added Dr Sharma.


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