Se­cu­rity up ahead of Prez visit

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - Av­inash Ku­mar

PATNA: The state gov­ern­ment has made all the nec­es­sary ar­range­ments for the maiden two-day visit of Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee on Oc­to­ber 3.

Mukher­jee will be the chief guest at the LN Mithila Univer­sity’s con­vo­ca­tion func­tion in Darbhanga and un­veil Bi­har’s am­bi­tious project, the agri­cul­ture road map, at S K Memo­rial in the state cap­i­tal the same day.

About 1200 po­lice­men in­clud­ing five SP rank of­fi­cers, 10 DSPs, 250 of­fi­cers and 900 jawans would be de­ployed in the state cap­i­tal while an­other 1500 po­lice­men in­clud­ing 450 of­fi­cers would be de­ployed in and around the LNM Univer­sity in Darbhanga.

On his ar­rival at around 12 noon on Wed­nes­day, the Pres­i­dent would be given a guard of hon­our by the of­fi­cers and jawans of Bi­har reg­i­men­tal cen­tre at the air­port. Gen­eral of­fi­cer com­mand­ing of Jhark­hand-Bi­har sub area, Maj Gen Pankaj Sachdeva would lead the cer­e­mony. Later the pres­i­dent would be es­corted by army and po­lice of­fi­cials to Raj Bhawan.

The se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for Mukher­jee’s visit were dis­cussed at a high level meet­ing chaired by chief sec­re­tary AK Sinha late on Fri­day. A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said, the meet­ing re­viewed the three-tier se­cu­rity ar­range­ments be­sides points of a do’s and don’ts ad­vised by the Rash­tra­p­ati Bhawan to the dis­trict and po­lice ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Tight se­cu­rity ar­range­ments will be put in place for the visit. The area in and around the SK memo­rial hall in Patna and at Darbhanga would be san­i­tized by bomb dis­posal squads,” a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer who was the part of the meet­ing told HT. He added, that the in­tel­li­gence wing of po­lice and the army, have been asked to de­ploy their men for un­der cover sur­veil­lance of the area. “The peo­ple at­tend­ing those func­tions would be is­sued spe­cial passes,” he added.

There will be strong pres­ence of po­lice forces on all routes in the state cap­i­tal, through which the cav­al­cade of the Pres­i­dent will pass. The re­spon­si­bil­ity for route se­cu­rity and lin­ing from air­port to Raj Bhawan and from Ra­jb­hawan to SK Memo­rial hall and again from SK Memo­rial hall and back, has been en­trusted to se­nior of­fi­cials.

Mag­is­trates and se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials have been di­rected to keep close watch at places, which Mukher­jee will be vis­it­ing.

Se­nior SP Amrit Raj said traf­fic will be held up just for a brief pe­riod to al­low the cav­al­cade to pass, adding that the cav­al­cade would be led by DSP Phul­wari. Sources said that there would be 30 to 35 ve­hi­cles in the cav­al­cade. Darbhanga SSP Garima Ma­lik also said, that tight se­cu­rity ar­range­ments had been made for the pro­posed visit.

As per the itin­er­ary of the Pres­i­dent, Mukher­jee will in­au­gu­rate the newly con­structed au­di­to­rium at Raj Bhawan and then pro­ceed to the SKM to at­tend a state func­tion. Later he would fly to Darbhanga by an IAF chop­per to at­tend the LNMU func­tion and re­turn back to Patna by 4.30pm.

Of­fi­cials said Mukherje will be go­ing to Mum­bai from Patna on Thurs­day morn­ing. A din­ner will be hosted in his hon­our at Raj Bhawan by Gover­nor De­vanand Konwar.

Pranab Mukher­jee.

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