MHA Asks Police to Ensure Security in World Cultural Festival

Centre asked Delhi Police to ensure full security to World Cultural Festival, organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar from March 11-13, in the view of terror threat in India.

Published: 09th March 2016 01:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th March 2016 01:34 AM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: The Centre today asked the Delhi Police to ensure full security to 'World Cultural Festival', organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar here from March 11-13, in the view of "terror threat" in the country.

The Home Ministry, in a communication, has advised the national capital's police to take all possible steps to ensure peace during the three-day event to be held at Yamuna flood plains.

The Delhi Police has also been asked to ensure that no stampede-like situation should arise during the function, official sources said.

The Home Ministry advisory came in the wake of heightened terror threat following inputs that 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorists have entered India from Pakistan through Gujarat.

The event slated to take place on the west bank of Yamuna floodplain near DND flyover, has been organised to celebrate 35 years of The Art of Living. It is expected to attract around 35 lakh people.

It has come under the scanner of National Green Tribunal after a set of petitions were filed demanding its cancellation over concerns of potential permanent damage to the riverbed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the event on Friday.

President Pranab Mukherjee was to attend the valedictory function on Sunday but he pulled out of the event yesterday citing "unavoidable circumstances".


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