Odisha DGP reviews Puri Rath Yatra security

Puri: With the annual Puri Rath Yatra less than a month away, Odisha Police has begun its preliminary preparations of augmenting resources before coming out with a comprehensive security action plan for the mega event.

DGP RP Sharma today reviewed the preparations and security arrangements that need to be finalized for the entire Rath Yatra festival starting from Snana Yatra till Niladri Bije.

Official sources said Odisha police is keen on coming up with an elaborate masterplan for security, traffic and other contingencies well in advance.

“Today, we have only reviewed the problems of police personnel and things that need to be addressed before the Rath Yatra. A detailed security arrangement will be made by Odisha Police after review of the force requirement, deployments made last year and other aspects,” said Sharma.

ADG Arun Ray, Central Range IG Soumendra Priyadarshi, IGs Sanjiv Panda & Amitabh Thakur, Puri SP Sarthak Sarangi and other senior officials were present during the review meeting today.

Earlier on Sunday, the dates for rituals like Snana Yatra, Niladri Bije and others were finalised at a meeting held between Chhatisha Nijog (apex temple servitor body) and members of Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).