Tight security for Kaanum Pongal, 20,000 cops for Chennai alone

The city has come under a tight security wrap by the police for ‘Kaanum Pongal’ today. In a bid to avoid any untoward situation during ‘Kaanum Pongal’ celebration, 20,000 police personnel have been posted across the metropolis.

Police have planned to provide identity cards for children to help trace those who go missing in the crowd at Marina and Besant Nagar beaches.

According to a statement from the police, “The card will have details of their parents, including phone number which can be availed from the police booths situated near Labour statue, Gandhi statue and Besant Nagar beach.”

The police have set up 17 watchtowers on Marina and Elliots beaches and policemen with binoculars and public address systems will man them.

“Control rooms are being set up at different points. The footage from the drones and the high-definition cameras that we are planning to set up at important points will be monitored,” said a police officer.

Speaking to the media about the Kaanum Pongal arrangements on Marina Beach, East Zone Joint Commissioner Balakrishnan said, “Two temporary police control rooms, as well as 12 MAY I HELP YOU? police booths have been set up to help people on Thursday at Marina. Two security towers have been erected on the beach and two ambulances will be in place near the beach.

Mounted police and all-terrain vehicles will be making regular rounds for crowd control and prevention of crimes. The police also advised people not to venture into the sea, but they are ready with at least 100 divers and swimmers, who can handle emergencies in the sea.

ccording to the police, a large posse of police will be deployed at beaches, malls, shopping hubs and at movie theatres where large crowds are expected to gather.