Aerial surveillance will form a key component of the tight security scheme that has been chalked out by the Kerala Police for the Attukal pongala day on February 20.
Thiruvananthapuram city police have ensured the availability of at least three drones with more kept on standby for deployment if the need arises. The temple periphery and the adjacent areas, which are expected to witness huge crowds, will come under the aerial surveillance. The drone cameras which were deployed for the pongala last year on a trial basis were found to have boosted vigil in the region.
District Police Chief (Thiruvananthapuram city) S. Surendran said that women police personnel will form a sizeable group this year among the around 3,500-strong security force. They will be deployments from the Women Battalion and Women Commando unit to add to the existing women police strength in the city police.
Additional deployments will also be made from the