Stern action awaits those causing chaos during Thaipusam chariot procession

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The Hindus performing their ritual in conjunction with the Thaipusam at Batu Caves, Selangor. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 20 JANUARY 2019
The Hindus performing their ritual in conjunction with the Thaipusam at Batu Caves, Selangor.PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 20 JANUARY 2019

KUALA LUMPUR – The police have warned those who provoke or incite with intention to cause chaos during the silver chariot procession which starts at 10 pm on Thursday.

Sentul police chief ACP S. Shanmugamoorthy Chinniah said he would not hesitate to take firm action to ensure that the procession went smoothly and all parties were advised to maintain racial sensitivity.

“Based on past experience, we have found there are people who commit offences such as making noise and drinking alcohol in the open. We will not hesitate to take stern action against them in accordance with the provisions of the law,” he told a press conference at Sentul district police headquarters here today.

Shanmugamoorthy said the procession from Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is expected to enter the route within the Sentul police district jurisdiction between 4 am and 5 am this Friday.

“The security on our side (Sentul) starts at the Jalan Tun Razak in front of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Maxwell to Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, at the junction of Batu 5 Jalan Ipoh, Jalan Kuching  until Batu Caves roundabout.

“For the return journey expected to be between 6 pm and 10 pm on Feb 9, it involves the same route except for a detour at Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah near Jalan Batu Cantonment and (the procession) will exit at  SMK (Perempuan) Jalan Ipoh,” he said.

He said some 700 officers and personnel from the Kuala Lumpur Contingent Police Headquarters were assigned to control and maintain security during the festival procession.

— BERNAMA

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