BANGALORE: Bakrid is being celebrated with traditional pomp and gaiety all over the city on Monday. BBMP commissioner M Lakshminarayana and Khateeb-O-Imaan of the Jumma Masjid Bangalore Maqsood Imran Rashadi have issued circulars to mosques in the city to celebrate this festival in a clean environment.
BBMP’s Animal Husbandry Department Joint Director Shivaram Bhat said, “With the incident of a nine- year-old Sridevi mauled to death by stray dogs in Chandra Layout in 2007, this time we have asked people to bury the animal waste in a pit and cover it with soil. Animal waste will attract stray dogs, which in turn will cause nuisance.”
In the city, J J Nagar, Bismillah Nagar, Tilak Nagar, BTM Layout, Jayanagar 9th Block, Bangalore East and other areas will be monitored by BBMP officials who will look at ensuring effective animal disposal for three days from Monday.
“Those who want to sacrifice animals can bring them to the corporation slaughter house at a nominal fee,” Bhat added.
Rashadi said the community, this time, has been given clear directions to celebrate Bakrid keeping cleanliness in mind.
“The spirit has to be kept alive by involving members of other communities during the festival. The 700 mosques in the city have been told to disseminate the message during Eid prayers,” Rashadi added.
The city’s largest prayer will be held at the Hazrath Khazi Abdul Khuddus Saheb Eidgah at 9.30 am on Monday.
Around two lakh devotees are expected to participate in the prayer.
The city police have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure that no untoward incidents take place.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Alok Kumar told Express that patrolling has already started in many of the city’s localities.
“In all, there will be 30 battalions of the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) stationed in and around the city. Apart from this, there will be 20 battalions from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), along with 11 Deputy Commisioners of Police and three Joint Commissioners to coordinate the security arrangements. Traffic has also been diverted to other areas at busy prayer areas like Millers Road and Mysore Road,” Kumar said.