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Thousands pay tributes to B R Ambedkar on death anniv

New Delhi, Dec 6 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 12/6/2018 11:27:35 AM IST

Thousands of people paid tributes to Dr B R Ambedkar on his 62nd death anniversary Thursday.

There was heavy rush of followers since morning on roads leading to the Chaityabhoomi, the place of the Dalit icon’s cremation, in central Mumbai.

People had been gathering in the city since the last three days to pay their respects to Ambedkar on the ‘Mahaparinirvan Diwas’. Volunteers of the Samata Sainik Dal, an organisation founded by Ambedkar, were supervising crowd management. 

A giant screen was set up for the live telecast of prayers being offered by Ambedkar’s followers.

“A control command centre was monitoring the movement of visitors,” he said, adding that doctors, fire brigade and disaster management were also deputed.

The BMC would also distribute over one lakh booklets to visitors, giving details of the Mahaparinirvan Diwas.

Mumbai police maintained a strict vigil and traffic restrictions were also imposed on some roads for the convenience of people.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also made elaborate arrangements to deal with heavy rush of people.

A senior BMC official said large pandals were set up at the Shivaji Park and civic personnel were instructed to arrange basic amenities like water tankers, mobile toilets, ambulances, temporary shelters for visitors.

 

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