INDIA, March 29, 2021 (Hindustan Times): About 10,000 personnel from various paramilitary and police forces deployed at Haridwar Mahakumbh took an oath for “fulfilling their responsibilities and duties with honesty and integrity” at Har ki Pauri Ganga ghat on Sunday in Haridwar. The oath was administered by director-general of Uttarakhand police Ashok Kumar after offering prayers at Ganga ghat. About 10,000 security personnel from paramilitary forces, including Sashastra Seem Bal, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Border Security Force and state police, have been deployed in the Mahakumbh which is scheduled to start from April 1.

Speaking on the security arrangements for the Mahakumbh mela, DGP Kumar said that apart from the on-ground security, the state police would also monitor the social media platforms. “To ensure security from all aspects, intelligence-sharing between various agencies on any anti-national activities during Mahakumbh, social media monitoring by every state and strict adherence to the Mahakumbh SOP for Covid-19 would be done,” said Kumar, adding that the personnel had followed Covid-19 precautions, including wearing of masks during the oath-taking event.