Dull Diwali for Delhi?

Dull Diwali for Delhi?
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First Published: Tue, Oct 21 2008. 10 41 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Oct 21 2008. 10 41 PM IST
New Delhi: With terrorist activities on the rise, the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) of various colonies in south Delhi have decided to play safe this year. Ten popular Diwali melas in South Delhi, have been called off this year.
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RWA Secretary of Sunder Nagar Ashok Kumar Rastogi says,“ If you look at the current scenario., there have been blasts in CP, a series of blasts, then Mehrauli, and then the Batla House encounter. So looking at the security scenario we decided not to have a mela this time.”
Diwali melas attract huge crowds and congested areas have been targeted by terrorists in the past. So, in order to ensure the safety of the people, Delhi police has issued no less than 43 guidelines for the RWAs and mela organizers. Among them CCTV cameras to cover the entire mela and the peripheral area, provision for a police chowki to be made by the organizers and proper lighting arrangements in the parking area
DCP South H.G.S. Dhaliwal is clear, “The entire idea and intent to have these guidelines is to have as much security during this festive season as possible.”
The blasts that rocked Delhi in September have kept people away from shops and malls in this festive season. The cancellation of these melas is another sign that the capital has yet to shrug off the fear factor altogether.
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First Published: Tue, Oct 21 2008. 10 41 PM IST