Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 16 (IECurrentAffairs) Kerala Police will deploy 15,259 police personnel in four stages during the upcoming Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.
Top officials including DIGs and Additional DGPs will monitor security arrangements in Sabarimala which has been divided into six zones.
Kerala DGP Loknath Behra who reached Sabarimala this afternoon attended a meeting of top police officials and finalised the security arrangements.
In addition, 55 officials in the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP) and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), 113 DYSPs, 359 Inspectors, 1,450 SIs, 60 women officials in the rank of CI and SI, and 860 civil police officers will be in duty.
During the first stage between November 15 and 30, about 3,450 including 230 women police personnel, 349 SIs, 82 CIs, 24 DYSPs will be deployed.
In the second stage, between November 30 and December 14, about 3,400 including 230 women police personnel, 312 SIs, 92 CIs, 36 DYSPs, will be deployed.
In the third stage between December 14 and 29, nearly 4,026 including 230 women police personnel, 389 SIs, 90 CIs, 29 DYSPs will be in duty.
In the fourth stage, between December 29 and January 16, as many as 4,383 including 230 women police personnel, 400 SIs, 95 CIs, 34 DYSPs will be deputed.
In addition, a 20-member commando unit led by a SI will be in Sannidanam another unit in Pampa to help the police force.
Another platoon of Thunderbolt will station at Maniyar to deal any emergency situation during the festival season.
A bomb disposal squad comprising 234 members would be operational in Pampa and Sannidanam.
Two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and two units of NDRF will also be in duty in and around Sabarimala during the season.
A Karnataka women police team comprising an Inspector, two SIs and 30 women civil police officers also reached Sabarimala as part of the security arrangements.
South Zone ADGP Anil Kanth will be chief coordinator, ADGP S Anandkrishnan coordinator, IG Manoj Abraham joint coordinator, during the season.