The guidelines state that organizers must first submit an affidavit and prayer letter for Shobha Yatra rallies (processions), public programs to subdivision officers and additional district magistrates. Officials are mandated to then verify the documents submitted through the Local Station Officer (SHO). Similarly, the directive also imposes strict compliance with “noise pollution” standards.
The guidelines include a full application form for organizers. Besides organizers contact details, organization registration numbers, contact numbers, etc., it also searches procession routes. One of the important sections of the new guidelines asks organizers to inform if a DJ system will be used. In events where DJ is to be used, details of its owners must be provided in the form, including details of the content to be broadcast by the DJ.
The police will also check in their checklists whether or not they have reviewed the DJ’s content.
DGP ML Lather said on Friday instructions had been issued to make good arrangements ahead of upcoming festivals so that people of all faiths can celebrate.
The police also issued a circular to all officials to ensure adequate security measures for the festivals, including appropriate vigilance of sensitive areas where processions and gatherings may pass.
Police also said they have instructed officials on the ground to take appropriate measures for crowd management, including regular briefings from cops. The circular states that cops stationed for such events must be provided with protective equipment, such as helmets and vests.
The deployment of reserve forces with riot gear, including lathis (sticks), shields and posts only experienced and well-trained cops with weapons.