An Israeli drone will keep an aerial tab on security during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bhopal on October 14.
Modi is slated to unveil the Shaurya Smarak (war memorial) in Bhopal and later address ex-servicemen at the Lal Parade Ground in the state capital on Friday. He is also likely to visit a Jain temple in the city to meet community seer Acharya Vidyasagar. Preparations in full swing for PM Modi’s rally at Bhopal’s Lal Parade ground on Tuesday. Mujeeb Faruqui / ht photo
According to inspector general (law and order) Makarand Deuskar, the unmanned aerial vehicle will be equipped with an advanced camera to keep tabs on the traffic movement as well as the overall security of both the venues that will be visited by the Prime Minister.
The drone is one of three sourced from Israel for the Ujjain Simhastha earlier this year.
“This will probably be the first instance of a drone being used for the aerial surveillance of security and traffic management at a major event featuring the Prime Minister. It wasn’t used at previous events attended by the Prime Minister at Sherpur (Sehore) and Mhow in Indore,” Deuskar said.
The drone, worth `35 lakh, had also monitored the security during the 10-day Navratri event held at the Sharda temple in Maihar, Satna district.
Officials said the UAV will monitor the Bhopal events from a height of 500 metres, keeping an eye on the security and traffic arrangements over a radius of four kilometres. Around 4,000 security personnel, comprising members of the district police and special armed forces, will also be deployed across the state capital.
Though a nationwide alert has been sounded over possible communal disturbances during the festive season, police personnel from several sensitive districts of the state haven’t been summoned to provide security at the PM’s programme. Instead, those from districts with a surplus of security forces – such as Balaghat and Gwalior – have been pressed into service.
Anti-Maoist Hawk Force commandos of the state police and quick response teams of the Chhattisgarh police have also been deployed. An eight-member special protection group team led by an assistant director-level officer has already reached Bhopal to ensure foolproof security for Modi’s visit.
On Tuesday, the SPG team inspected all the three venues – the Shaurya Smarak, the Lal Parade ground and the Jain temple – ahead of Modi’s visit.
Cops en route to Bhopal for PM duty injured in road accident
Over two dozen policemen, who were on their way to Bhopal from Maoist-affected Balaghat district, were injured after the bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Chhindwara district’s Telawadi Jhirpa hillock on Tuesday.
The accident occurred between Jhirpa and Rainikheda villages at around 3.30 am.
The policemen were to be part of the massive security apparatus for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s October 14 visit to the state capital.
“All the injured were first rushed to a nearby government health centre. While most of them had slight injuries and were discharged after preliminary medication, seven were critically hurt and were referred to the Chhindwara district hospital,” Chhindwara superintendent of police GK Pathak said.