Udupi, Mar 7, 2015: According to highly news sources, the chances of Praveen Togadia, being permitted to attend the Virat Hindu Samajosthsava to be held at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College grounds on March 9 is doubtful. Citing communal disturbances in the region could be incited. However, SP Annamalai told media that the Deputy Commissioner would take the decision at the earliest whether to permit him or not. Praveen Togadia has bee billed as the key note speaker.
Udupi D C Dr Vishal said the matter is being considered. Several reasons need in depth consideration. The district administration along with police department is looking into the implications surrounding the incidents in the aftermath of the programme. The decision would be taken soon it is indicated.
Elaborate security arrangements are planned for Virat Hindu Samajosthsava. A procession will launch the Samajosthsava on March 9. As many as six DySPs, 20 CPIs, 75 PSIs, 145 ASIs, 1005 HC/PC, 48 WPCs and 100 Home guards are deployed.
Additional number of police personnel from the neighbouring districts is drafted, strict security arrangements will be in place. The security forces which include 15 KSRP platoons and 24 DAR platoons are to be deployed. More than 20 check posts are set up at entry points. At least 150 CCTV cameras installed at strategic points. The process of installing the cameras is in progress. Police will set up road blocks at prime points. The fire services and ambulances are ready on stand by to move on demand.
A meeting was held with the Hindu organisation members, wherein they were asked to follow proper discipline, rules and regulations as per law. The programme is supposed to end at 5 pm and the organizers are strictly directed to adhere to the time limits. Anyone who tries over steps the law will face strict action.
Udupi Deputy Commissioner Dr R Vishal has declared dry days from 6 am, March 9 to 6 am on Tuesday, March 10 in this connection The sale or serving of liquor at hotels, wine shops, bar and restaurants in and around Udupi is banned. It may be recalled that on March 1, similar steps were initiated in the neibouring DK district and the Samajothsava went on in a peaceful and harmonious manner at Mangaluru.