Security up ahead of Prez visit
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.