Thiruvananthapuram: Even as the state cabinet is mulling over cancelling the annual celebrations organized by the government in the wake of rain- related calamities across the state, the assured that they won’t compromise on the security arrangements. City police commissioner P Prakash said the force would go ahead with the special arrangements and beef up security in the city during Onam days as in every year.
“The cabinet is yet to take a decision in this regard, but, we have decided not to wait for the same to avoid last minute scramble. We have decided to be prepared,” the commissioner said.

The city residents were not much affected by the calamities and a larger section of them would still be celebrating Onam, which mainly involves shopping and pleasure outings.

“Even if the government cancel the festivities, there would be many trade fairs conducted by various organizations. There are nearly around 30 such festival venues in the city, where trade fairs happen during Onam every year. The organizers of such fairs might have already done all arrangements. Hence the probability of people here voluntarily refraining from celebrations are very low,” Prakash said.

Around 1,800 personnel will be deployed for security duty and they will be mobilised from various battalions. Even if the government decides to cancel the Onam pageantry, there would still be at least 1,400 cops on the city roads during Onam days.

He added that those who have already made travel plans during Onam vacation need not worry as the police would take steps to prevent burglaries. The number of beat patrolling squads during nights would be increased. The assistance of residents’ associations would be sought in this regard. A special meeting will be held at City Armed Reserve camp at Nandavanam on Wednesday at 4 pm, which will be attended by office-bearers of all residents associations in the city and station house officers of all local police stations.

City special assistant commissioner A Pramod Kumar said the key focus of the police would be on keeping property offenders at bay by strengthening patrols. “We will serve notices to banks and other financial enterprises in the city limits, directing to ensure that their surveillance cameras are working,” said.

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