Bhubaneswar: The Rath Yatra at Puri will be held this year on July 4. The festivities for the Car Festival will begin from June 17 with 'Devasnan Purnima' in the Pilgrim Town which would witness a huge gathering of devotees from across the country.
To ensure smooth conduct of the month long festivities till Niladri Bije on July 15, the State Police have made an elaborate plan by assigning duties to senior officers.
According to a communique issued by the office of DG Police on Tuesday, the following officers have been designated for security during Rath Yatra:
RAILWAYS POLICE ARRANGEMENT:
Pranabindu Acharya, Addl. DG of Police, Railways and Coastal Security - Will supervise the arrangements of Railways Police for the festival. He will be assisted by SRP, Cuttack in addition to the other officers provided for this duty.
GENERAL POLICE ARRANGEMENT:
Sanjeeb Panda, Addl. DG of Police (Law and Order) - Will remain in overall charge of the Police arrangement during the Rath Yatra at Puri. He will be assisted by Soumendra Priyadarshi, Central Range IG and Uma Shankar Das, SP, Puri.
SECURITY AND SPECIAL BRANCH ARRANGEMENT:
RK Sharma, IG, Intelligence: Will supervise the Security and Special Branch arrangements.
Amitabh Thakur, IG, SAP: Will supervise the traffic arrangements for the Car Festival, Return Car Festival, Sunabesha and other important festival during this period. He will be assisted by Madkar Sandeep Sampat, SP, Crime Branch and Rahul PR, SP, STF.
ARRANGEMENT AT THE TEMPLE:
Soumendra Priyadarshi will supervise of Police arrangements inside the temple including liasoning with Temple Administration and Sebayat Niyoga for smooth conduct of festival (from Nabajauban Darshan till Niladri Bije).
CROWD MANAGEMENT SUPERVISION:
Asheet Panigrahi, IG Police(Headquarters), will supervise the arrangements of the crowd control management during RathaYatra, Sandhya Darshan, Return Car Festival and Sunabesha being assisted by Vivekananda Sharma.
CORDON ARRANGEMENT & SUPERVISION :
Arun Bothra, Crime Branch IG, will supervise the arrangements and crowd control within and adjacent to the cordons around the three chariots during Gundicha, dragging of Rath, Bahuda and Sunabesha.
BN Das, SP, Signals will supervise the communication arrangement being made for the duty. He will ensure adequate mobilization of equipment and manpower as per requirement of the SP, Puri (including traffic and security duties and SRP Cuttack.
RK Sahoo, Commandant, 6th IR Bn., Khurdha will supervise the arrangements made for movement of VIPs and Co-ordinate the arrangements of the VIP with Units at Cuttack and Bhubaneswar during Car Festival.
BK Nanda, Commandant, BTI Burla, will function as the Camp Commandant. He will ensure timely reporting of the force and officers during the festival in addition to ensure proper arrangement for their stay hygiene, discipline and welfare etc. in consultation with the SP Puri.
AC Pahi, Additional SP Cuttack will remain in-charge of the Control Room during Ratha Yatra at Town PS Puri. SP, Puri will make the police arrangements in consultation with respective supervisory officers.