LAHORE Thousand of mourners participated in the main Shabih-i-Zuljinnah procession which appeared from Nisar Haveli in the Walled City on Monday night. The security men are giving priority to the main procession by making all possible efforts to guard against any untoward incident, whereas according to the statements of the senior cops at least 170 majalis and processions and some important places have been declared highly sensitive. Talking to this reporter CCPO Addl. IGP Ahmed Raza Tahir said as, 'I have put security personnel on high alert. Yes, I have received a few reports regarding security threats but a well coordinated and perfect security plan has been enforced. The CCPO, however, said whatever the policemen could do, they have been directed to do and we are also praying to Almighty Allah to bestow us courage to foil any untoward incident. Earlier, all manholes on the main route of the Zuljinnah procession in the Walled City were thoroughly checked on Monday on security agencies reports that the same could be used for any terror attack. Security personnel including police, bomb disposal squad and Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) officials used sniffer dogs to clear the route after sealing the manholes. Metal detectors, sniffer dogs, walkthrough gates and other security gadgets have been provided to the police to enforce three security cordons. The same exercise will be carried out early morning on Tuesday by the Model Town police in all residential areas of the colony as second biggest Zuljinnah procession will be taken out from 145-A, Model Town. Mourners will march on different roads of the colony and return to the originating point at around 6pm after covering approximately six-and-a-half kilometres distance. After visiting Nisar Haveli and Imambargah Mochi Gate, the main procession was heading towards Kotwali Chowk at around midnight when this report was filed. Mourners would offer Fajr prayers at Kotwali Chowk and move towards Kashmiri Bazaar. It would pass through Dabbi Bazaar, Chowk Rang Mahal, Suha Bazaar, Paniwala Talab, Gali Dhobian, Said Mitta and Tehsil Bazaar, Mohallah Joggian and Unchi Masjid and appear from Bhatti Gate on Lower Mall to conclude at Karbala Gamay Shah where Sham-i-Ghareeban would be organised. Earlier, over 360 Majalis-i-Aza took place whereas over 70 Shabih-i-Zuljinnah processions were taken out across the provincial metropolis in connection with 9th of Muharram-ul-Haram. In this regard, the central procession appeared from Pando Street in Islampura and after passing through Lower Mall near the Punjab Civil Secretariat, Old Anarkali, it reached Khaima-i-Saadat on Syed Mauj-i-Darya Road. The procession returned to Islampura through Jain Mandir Chowk. A Majlis-i-Aza was organised at an imambargah on Nicholson Road and later procession of Shabih-i-Zuljinnah was taken out. Meanwhile, thousands of the mourners took out the third major procession from Attiya-i-Panjtan in Model Town and culminated at the same point after marching around the imambargah. Likewise, the practice of the last years, around 12,000 security personnel including those deployed in plainclothes were deputed alongside the routes of the three processions while CCTV cameras were also installed at residential buildings on these routes for monitoring. Talking to this reporter, a senior police officer said only three points have been specified for the mourners to join the procession at different timings in Model Town area. According to him, the mourners would be allowed to join the main Zuljinnah procession inside the Walled City through 12 entry points of the first security layer on Mall Road and other related areas. 'Around 50 police pickets and check posts have been established in the second and third layer around the Zuljinnah and these personnel would remain on high alert till the culmination of the procession, he added. He further stated that a good number of police contingents have been deputed at 5,560 majalis and 915 processions to be held on Yaum-i-Ashur. According to the security plan, around 10 policemen would escort each small procession. However, the cops have increased the strength up to three times for the larger processions. Faheem Jehanzaib, Rescue-1122 spokesman, says the rescue vans and ambulances would accompany the processions while all public hospitals have been put on high alert by the City District Govt to meet any emergency. He said following special directives by the DG Rescue-1122, the servicemen have been trained for this special event. 'Yes, we shift injured persons to nearby hospitals on this occasion whereas injured mourners are also given first medical aid on the spot, he added. Sources said Rizwan Naseer, DG Rescue-cum-Secretary General Pakistan Red Crescent Society - also visited the rescue stations to inspect the arrangements on Monday. He directed the rescuers to remain present on special duties at district control room, emergency rescue stations, alongwith more than 30 equipped emergency ambulances, fire vehicles and special rescue vehicles for effectively providing medical cover to the public gatherings. According to the plan, as many as 40 rescue posts have been established at Central station, different locations of Walled City, Niaz Baig Station, Shaukat Khanam Chowk, Walton Station, Mughalpura Chowk, Mughalpura Station, Chouburgi Chowk, Bhatti Chowk, Azadi Chowk, Data Darbar, Shahdara Station, Ghari Shahu Chowk, LOS Station, Town Hall and other areas. Furthermore, Civil Defence and Edhi Foundation ambulances will also accompany the Rescue-1122 ambulances for successful monitoring of the Ashur activities. Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Lahore visited numerous routes of processions and majalis on Monday and directed the on duty traffic wardens to ensure smooth flow of traffic on open routes. He, however, also directed them to extend their cooperation with on duty policemen of the district police by keeping strict vigil on suspected activities during mourning processions and around the moving processions. According to an official communiqu issued on Monday, the CTO Lahore SSP Syed Ahmed Mobin Zaidi visited Pando Street, Qasr-e-Batool, Shadman where he directed traffic wardens each motorbike or vehicle should be parked at least 200 feet away from the route of the procession. Earlier, around 120 lady wardens, 763 wardens, 27 inspectors, nine DSPs were deputed at various points in the City. Overall, three SPs are directly monitoring all the vehicular activities whereas FM 88.6 of traffic police will air special transmission on this occasion.