LAHORE - The three-day celebrations of 434th annual Urs of famous saint and poet Hazrat Shah Hussain alias Madhu Laal Hussain began on Saturday in tight security by Lahore police. Hundreds and thousands of devotees are expected to attend the celebrations. The three-day event is known as Mela Chiraghan (festival of lights) as the devotees light clay lamps to honour the saint at his shrine. Lahore police have chalked out a comprehensive security plan for the three-day celebrations of the Mela Chiraghan. CCPO Fayyaz Ahmad Dev, while giving details of the security arrangements said that more than 1,000 police officers including two SPs, four DSPs, seven SHOs, around 100 upper subordinates, 700 FC and 42 lady Constables as well as teams of Dolphin Squad, PRU and Elite Force were performing duties to ensure protection of the participants of the Urs. Fayyaz Ahmad Dev said that all the logistic and operational arrangements had been implemented in collaboration with the management of Urs, district government, Punjab Safe Cities Authority and other departments concerned.

 

“The participants of the Urs have been allowed to enter the premises of the shrine only after complete checking and body search by security personnel through metal detectors and walkthrough gates,” he said.

 

“Lady police officers have also been deputed to check the female devotees and pilgrims. The adjacent streets leading to the main roads of the shrine have been closed through barriers and bob wires to ensure security,” he added.

“Snipers have been deputed on the top of the shrine and high roof buildings to monitor all the movements of any possible suspects,” he stated.