Puri: As part of its effort to ensure safe and smooth pulling of chariots of Lord Jagannath and His siblings Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra on Badadanda (Grand Road) during Rath Yatra on July 4, police today conducted a mock drill at the Reserve Ground here.
During the drill, the police personnel were divided into groups and assigned duties with jeeps masquerading as chariots pulled by the jawans.
The entire mock-drill was supervised by ADG (Law & Order) Sanjeeb Panda, IG (Central Range) Soumendra Priyadarshi and IG (CID, CB) Arun Bothra.
Priyadarshi said the mock drill was to train the cops on how to control the chariots and the ropes during the pull.
A total of 155 platoon force including 15 SP and Commandent level officers along with 39 Additional SP ranked officers, 80 DSP ranked officers, 110 Inspector ranked officers, 650 SIs and ASIs, 2,400 Home Guards, two companies of RAF, 2 units of OBF, 2 units of ATS, 2 units of NIA, two unit of ODRAF and one unit of NDRF will be deployed for the ensuing Rath Yatra.