AI equipped cameras to count followers coming to Deekshabhoomi: CP Kumar
   Date :13-Oct-2021

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Digital cameras equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been installed at the entry and exit points of Stupa (sanctum sanctorum) at Deekshabhoomi for Dhammachakra Pravartan Din, as part of Bandobast, that will count the followers visiting the Stupa, said Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar. This is the first time in the history of Nagpur police that the AI equipped cameras would be used for monitoring of bandobast. Interacting with newspersons, CP Kumar said that the cameras were procured from Mumbai. “The cameras were widely used for traffic management when I was serving in Mumbai police. While planning the bandobast of Deekshabhoomi, it came to my mind to use AI equipped cameras,” the CP said. Four such cameras have been installed at Deekshabhoomi - two at entry points of stupa and two at exit points.
Apart from calculating persons entered and exited from the Stupa, it will also show the live number of persons present inside the Stupa, the CP said. Apart fromthese cameras, the police have installed 57 additional cameras in the area along with 20 cameras of Smarak Samiti. Five surveillance vehicles will also be deployed for bandobast that will monitor the cameras and also use drones to keep an eagle’s eye on the movement, the CP added. Banodbast intensifies at Koradi Devi temple, Dragon palace, RSS HQ The police have intensified bandobast arrangements at Koradi Devi temple, Dragon Palace and RSS HQ on Tuesday. According to CP, more than 750 police personnel are deployed at Koradi Devi temple for Ashtami, Navami and Dussehra. Similarly, a large number of police personnel will be deployed at Dragon temple palace for Dhammachakra Pravartan Din. Security at RSS HQ was also beefed up for the annual function. 
Two-dose vaccination certificates, face masks must for followers Two-dose vaccination certificates, face masks and social distancing are mandatory for followers coming to Deekshabhoomi. The police will not allow anyone to enter the sanctum sanctorum without certificates during Dhammachakra Pravartan Din, said Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar on Tuesday. Interacting with mediapersons, the CP said that joint teams of Nagpur Police and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) have been formed for checking of certificates. Apart from nearby areas and entry points of Deekshabhoomi, the joint teams will also be deployed at eight entry points of Nagpur city. The teams will conduct Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) of the followers to prevent spread of Covid-19 in the city, he said. The police have planned three layer security arrangements for Deekshabhoomi with bandobast of more than 2,500 police personnel along with Dog squads, Crime Branch, Traffic police, SRPF and Quick Response Team, the CP said, adding that the arrangements have been made as per the guidelines of the State Government.
The office-bearers of Parampujya Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti, Deekshabhoomi have already declared that the 65th Dhammachakra Pravartan Din would be celebrated this year in a simple manner. The followers of Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar will be allowed to take Darshan in the Stupa under strict Covid-19 protocol without fanfare of major programmes. The Smarak Samiti has not allowed any person to set up stalls or shops near Deekshabhoomi. The Samiti office-bearers also appealed to the followers to carry their Aadhaar Card and vaccination certificate with them. The followers will not be allowed to stay in the premises of Deekshabhoomi. However, Buddha Vihars in the city have been asked to make arrangements for the followers who are coming from outside Nagpur city.