HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BHAKTAPUR: Metropolitan Police Range, Bhaktapur today unveiled a special security plan in the district in view of the upcoming Bisket Jatra.
The eight-day festival will begin on April 10. MPR in-charge SP Dilip Chaudhary said clashes and other unpleasant incidents during the festival in the previous years had prompted the law enforcement agency to chalk out strategic preventive measures.
“Hundreds of police personnel, in uniform and civvies, will fan out across core areas of Bhaktapur with special focus on crowded areas to prevent any untoward incident,” Chaudhary said. Police said surveillance cameras would also be installed in various places to keep a check on revellers. Stone-pelting and clashes among locals in various areas have been a common sight at the jatra every year.
“We will charge hooligans with public offence and send them to jail,” SP Chaudhary warned. Police said Bhaktapur Durbar Square and its surrounding areas will be declared alcohol-free zone as intoxication was one among many other causes of disturbances during the festival.
Police with District Administration Office has also decided to mobilise local club volunteers.
Political parties have also pledged to cooperate with officials so that the festivities pass off peacefully.
Bisket Jatra is observed by pulling a three-storey chariot of Bhairav prepared in Taumadhi, Bhaktapur-11.
“The plan includes both proactive and reactive responses. Preventive measures against crime are our top priority in addition to effective investigation in the aftermath of crimes,” he said.
According to police, they have already started keeping a tight vigil on suspects to ensure security. Officials said cops would be mobilised round-the-clock.