THE police will deploy adequate manpower to ensure the safety and security of devotees, following the chariot procession, during Thaipusam from the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Jalan Tun H.S.Lee to Batu Caves.
The chariot procession from the Sri Maha Mariamman temple will start at 10pm on Friday and is expected to take about 10 hours to reach Batu Caves.
Last year, policemen were stationed along the route of the procession and there were no reports of any untoward incidents.
However, previous years, there were reports of women being molested and snatch theft cases taking place along the route.
Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy said policemen would be stationed along the procession route.
“We are working with City Hall to handle traffic along the route from Jalan Tun H.S.Lee to Batu Caves,’’ he said.
Asked about thugs taking the opportunity to extort parking fees from devotees and visitors during the Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves, ACP Munusamy said the public could lodge a report at the police booth at Batu Caves.
Thaipusam Task Force co-chairman G. Gunarajah thanked the police for managing the traffic well and ensuring the chariot procession went on smoothly during Thaipusam last year.
Meanwhile, Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Ali Ahmad said additional policemen had been deployed to Batu Caves to control traffic and manage the crowd since Tuesday.
“We have also set up a task force on Jan 15 to ensure that everything goes smoothly during Thaipusam,’’ he said.
Asked how the police would act against those collecting money for parking around Batu Caves during Thaipusam, ACP Ali said they would monitor the area closely and will be on their rounds to catch the touts.
“Those asked to pay for parking their vehicles at public areas should report the matter to the nearest policeman or make a police report at the police booth,” he said.