Over 1500 police personnel deployed for Dikshit's funeral
New Delhi: As former Delhi CM, Sheila Dikshit was laid to rest on Sunday at the Capital, the Delhi Police left no stone unturned to make sure that the funeral procession travelled in peace, with the least amount of inconvenience for members of the public. As the city mourned the loss of a legend, more than 1,500 police personnel from multiple districts mobilised, bearing the brunt of all-weather extremities to ensure that the process went peacefully.
On Sunday, hundreds came to former Delhi CM's Nizammudin home to pay their respects. Later, her body was taken to the Congress headquarters in Central Delhi. The cremation took place at the Nigambodh Ghat on the banks of Yamuna. Police officials said that Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, himself was monitoring the whole situation.
Special Commissioner of Police (law and Order North), Sanjay Singh told the Millennium Post that adequate security arrangements were made for the last rites. Senior officers of districts were on the street to make sure no untoward incident took place. The Special CP was himself involved in maintaining proper security arrangements. Since morning, various security agencies were on their toes to make sure that no untoward incident took place during the funeral procession.
At various roads, traffic and local police were controlling the movement of vehicles on the street, making sure that hassle-free movement is provided for Sheila Dikshit's hearse. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that the arrangements were made for more than 1,500 personnel to be posted on the street. "Four DCP rank officers, 10 ACP, and 25 inspectors were deployed for the last rites," he added. According to the police official, the rain did not deter the policemen on duty, who nevertheless made sure that the process went smoothly, without a hitch.
At Nigambodh Ghat, several layers of security were placed to maintain safety. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North), Nupur Prasad said that foolproof arrangements were made in the North district.
"It was a well-coordinated effort from all security agencies," she said. Vehicles were not allowed to stop nearby the ghat to maintain a smooth flow of traffic. 'Prakaram' vans and riot control vans were also deployed at different locations in the city.