PM Modi greets nation on Janmashtami; security beefed up in Mathura

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of Janmashtami, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation.

“Janmashtami greetings to all,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

On the eve of Janmashtami, President Pranab Mukherjee conveyed his warm greetings and good wishes to the nation and said Lord Krishna’s life and teachings emphasize the importance of performing one’s duty without thought of reward.

“Lord Krishna’s life and teachings emphasize the importance of performing one’s duty without thought of reward, of different paths leading to the same goal and of the importance of ethical and moral values to society,” President Mukherjee said in his message.

Meanwhile, security has been stepped up in and around Mathura ahead of the Krishna Janmashtami festivities during which lakhs of pilgrims would visit the city.

Heavy police force would be deployed at the two main shrines — Lord Krishna’s birth place and Dwarkadhish temple, besides 160 CCTV cameras will be installed at strategic points during the festival tomorrow, SSP Babloo Kumar said.

160 CCTV has been installed, 13 PAC companies, four CRPF companies, 1,500 police personnels and 500 Homeguards have been deployed at the two shrines, he said.

Entire area in and around Lord Krishna’s Janmasthan has been divided into three zones and 14 sectors. SWAT teams and police personnels in plain clothes have also been deployed at various places, Kumar said.

Fifty-seven barriers and 16 watch towers have been put up in and around the Janmasthan, the district police chief said.

“The security personnel on duty at Lord Krishna’s birth place will only be allowed to enter the shrine premises after thorough checking,” he said.

Lost and found centre and medical camp has been set up at entry and exit gates, 16 parking areas would be available for pilgrims’ vehicles, the SSP added.

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