Udupi, Mar 09, 2015: More than 50,000 people are expected to take part in the Virat Hindu Samajotsava being organised by the district units of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal to mark the golden jubilee celebrations of the parishad at MGM College grounds here on March 9.
The district administration has banned the entry of International Working President of the VHP Praveen Togadia, who was scheduled to address the samajotsava, in Udupi district till March 13 on the grounds that there was a fragile communal situation in the coastal belt.
The Shobha Yatre and samajotsava are to held under unprecedented security it is certain. As many as six Deputy Superintendents of Police, 20 Circle Police Inspectors, 75 Subn Inspectors, 145 Assistant Sub Inspectors, 1,005 Head Constables/Police Constables, 48 Women Police Constables and 100 Home Guards would be taking care of security.
Also, a strike crack force of 15 parties of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and 24 units of District Armed Reserve Police would be in service. In addition to this, the services of the Quick Response Teams would be utilised throughout the Udupi district.
The entire proceedings of the samjotsava and Shobha Yatre would be monitored through 150 CCTV cameras installed at vital locations. As many as 22 check-posts have been set up in the border areas and different parts of the district. “ Top security arrangements for the event are operational ” said K. Annamalai, Superintendent of Police.
A procession or Shobha Yatre would precede the samajotsava. The procession would be launched from Jodu Katte at 2 p.m. and pass through Lions Club, Diana Circle, Kavi Muddana Road, Hanuman Circle, Service Bus Stand, Shiribeedu Junction, City Bus Stand, Kadiyali, Kunjibettu, and culminate at the MGM College grounds, where the samajotsava would be held. It is stipulated that the functions should end by 5.30 pm.
Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Mutt and D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala would be participating in the samajotsava.
Route march held : Udupi district police conducted a route march on March 8, part of its security set up for the Virat Hindu Samajotsava to be held at MGM College grounds here on March 9. A large number of police personnel, including police officers from Udupi and the neighbouring districts, participated in the march. The march began from Jodu Katte and passed through Triveni Circle, Service Bus Stand, Kalsank and culminated at the Rajangana Parking Area. K. Annamalai, Superintendent of Police, Santosh Kumar, Additional Superintendent of Police, also took part in the route march.