Maha Kumbh Mela 2013: Three crore devotees expected today

According to latest news, around three crore devotees are likely to take a holy dip at the Sangam on Mauni Amavasya as considered the most auspicious day of the Kumbh Mela on Sunday.

On the other hand, security arrangements in and around the Kumbh Mela has been tightened after the hanging of Afzal Guru on Saturday and also due to umcoming festival days.

Afzal Guru was considered as the mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack.

It is said in news that a special team of security experts is keeping watch on the multitudes, who have already started arriving, from its perch atop Allahabad Fort.

A room at the Allahabad Fort is set-up with three LCDs which provides full coverage of the Maha Kumbh Mela 2013.

They are getting live coverage from the Long-Range Reconnaissance and Observation System, a sensor system able to provide daytime and night-time surveillance.

Courtesy these gadgets, a security personnel sitting in the room can identity a suspect, zoom in on him and follow his activities up to a distance of around 12.5km and, if necessary, alert a security team and guide it to the individual.

Talking to media, Kumbh Mela officer Mani Prasad Mishra said, “An appeal has been issued to all VIPs to either refrain from visiting the congregation Sunday, or if they must do so, not to expect the special security arrangements.”

If any person found with suspect activities, they can keep watch on him and can check the identity of guests in hotels, lodges and dharamshalas was checked on the eve of the big day.

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