While the Gujarat Police will be managing proximate security of Narendra Modi when he embarks on his Bihar visit on Friday evening, the state police are pulling out all stops and have laid down a five-layered security at all sites Modi will visit.
The prime ministerial nominee of the Bharatiya Janata Party is scheduled to meet relatives of the six persons killed in the serial bomb blasts at the BJP’s Patna rally on Sunday. He will reach Bihar late on Friday after addressing a rally in Pune.
BJP leaders had claimed that the Bihar Police failed to provide adequate security on the day of Modi’s hunkar rally. "It was not mere negligence, (but) deliberate security lapses," former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi had said after the blasts, claiming this was because Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was treating Modi as a "political enemy".
“A Gujarat Police team headed by inspector general of police Atul Karwal will be in charge of Modi’s proximate security,” an official, who did not want to be named, has said.
A number of Gujarat Police officials have already reached Bihar to assess the security at the places Modi will visit. To meet the relatives of the blast victims, Modi will cover six districts by chopper.
Seemingly sidelined, the Bihar Police, however, are taking no chances and have laid down a five-layered security at all sites Modi will visit.
“He (Modi) is a chief minister and will be accorded the honour of being a state guest and all protocol will be followed,” Brajesh Mehrotra, Bihar’s principal secretary, cabinet coordination committee, said on Thursday.
State JD-U president Bashistha Narayan Singh said, “Despite political differences, Narendra Modi is a chief minister. The state government will extend him all facilities in the rule book relating to the visit of a VIP.”
The Bihar Police have already carried out anti-sabotage checks and deputed bomb disposal squads. Deep search metal detectors, hand metal detectors, dog squads and bullet proof vehicles have been made available in all districts on Modi’s itinerary.
The superintendents of police of the six districts have demanded additional force of 1,000 personnel each from the police headquarters for Modi’s security.
The additional force would also be deployed along the route Modi will cover by road.
On Wednesday, the police headquarters had sent a detailed advisory to the SPs. The directions factored in preparation of helipads and barricading of road stretches Modi will cover.
Bihar additional director general of police (law and order) SK Bhardawaj said, “It will be a foolproof security for Modi in view of the threat. We have issued necessary instructions in this regard. Range DIGs are monitoring the deployment.”