Lucknow: The Director General of Police OP Singh on Sunday said that to avoid stampede during the Kumbh Mela 2019, the police department deployed at the Sangam (confluence) may not allow the pilgrims to bathe for more than 41 seconds. If more time is allowed at the confluence, the risk of a stampede may increase, DGP Singh said.
Police take oath with Ganga Jal in one hand ahead of their duty in Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, Sunday
OP Singh said that the police have worked on how to make the Kumbh a secured pilgrimage this year. We have been keeping in touch with the police in all other states. We have separate plans for every single day. Preparations regarding everything that a pilgrim would need are being done.
On being asked what has been done to prepare the police force in case of a stampede or a mishap, OP Singh said the security force is prepared to handle a lot of scenarios that may happen.
Nearly 20 to 22,000 policemen would be deployed to protect the fair. Apart from this, 80 battalion paramilitary, rapid action force, fire services, anti-terror squad, national security guard and aerial sniper have been deployed.