No separate queue for VIPs/ VVIPs at Dagdusheth Ganapati temple

The Pune police have given instructions to trustees of the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Trust to stop providing a special entry route to very important persons (VIPs) and very very important persons (VVIPs) visiting the temple for prayers. As per directions given by police, the VIPs and VVIPs should enter the temple by the same queue used by general public. This was stated in a press note issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Makrand Ranade. The press note also mentions that police have upgraded security arrangements in and around the temple known to be on the radar of terror outfits. However, the responsibility of security system at the temple lies with the private security guards deployed by the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Trust.

Police have asked trustees to be more cautious. Police have also asked these private security guards to be extra alert and check the devotees more strictly when they enter the temple. The note further states that police would be keeping a close watch on these security guards to understand whether they are performing their duties well as intelligence agencies have been giving terror alerts.

Besides, the anti-sabotage squad of Pune police would frequently conduct checks in and around the temple daily.

Police said that no bags and other luggage will be allowed inside the temple for security reasons. Police have appealed to all concerned to follow the instructions for tight security arrangements.

It may be recalled that police machinery were pressed into action following a "false" information about terror attack on the temple on July 13 given by one Shaikh Imran Shaikh Mehboob Qureshi (24) of Washim.

The anti terrorist cell (ATC) of Pune city police had arrested Qureshi for giving false information.

Qureshi was found injured on the railway track in Daund.

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