Mumbai : The Mumbai police have deployed over 19,000 police personnel across the city apart from the paramilitary forces to prevent any untoward incident during the 10-day Ganeshotsav beginning today.

The police believe that over one crore devotees from around the country will be visiting hundreds of Ganpati mandals in the city and hence have taken special measures to coordinate with the volunteers of these mandals in advance. Many of these devotees will be visiting the famous mandals of Lalbaugcha Raja and Ganesh Galli that fall in central Mumbai.

 Two weeks back, police commissioner Satya Pal Singh was seen sensitizing volunteers of hundreds of Ganpati mandals in a few halls across the city appealing them to keep vigil and report any suspicious things.

 Speaking on behalf of Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav mandal, committee member, Anil Rodi said, “We have around 5,000 volunteers who will help the devotees and assist the police. Apart from them we have our own personal security agency and CCTV surveillance in place.”

 “There will be one entry and exit point for the devotees. There would be two separate lines for navas devotees and VIPs. We have no separate lines for pregnant women, disabled persons and patients, however they can catch a glimpse of Raja on their television or the internet,” added Rodi.

 Apart from the Mumbai police force, four platoons of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) will be on stand by. Also, 2,000 men and 500 women from the home guards will assist the Mumbai police to form a security blanket around specific Ganpati mandals.    The police have advised the prominent Ganpati mandals to install metal detectors and CCCTV surveillance to help them prevent or detect any criminal activities.

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