//Centre asks Gujarat Govt. to tighten security for Kumbh Mela

Centre asks Gujarat Govt. to tighten security for Kumbh Mela

New Delhi, Feb. 3 (PTI): The Centre on Thursday asked the Gujarat Government to make extensive security arrangements, including for the minorities, to ensure that the proposed Shabri Kumbh Mela, being organiserd by a Sangh Parivar outfit, passes off peacefully.

The three-day Mela is being organised by the Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad at Shabri Dham in Dangs district from February 11. In a letter to Gujarat Chief Secretary, Union Home Secretary V K Duggal, said that every effort would be made to provide additional central para-military forces, if required by the State.

The situation was reviewed by Home Minister Shivraj Patil, with top officials at a meeting here. Duggal suggested that extensive police arrangements be made on the route leading to the Mela site from bordering states and districts so that no untoward incident took place. He also said that adequate security arrangements be made in the villages where people of the minority community live or where their religious and educational institutions are located.

Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry A K Mitra, who had recently visited Ahmedabad and Dangs district and held detailed discussions with State Government officials, briefed Patil on the issue. It was agreed during Mitra’s visit that about 400 Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel, at present available at Ahmedabad, would be deployed at the Mela to provide a sense of security to the minority community.