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Puri-Bhubaneswar under security cover as Modi visits tomorrow

PTI  Bhubaneswar, July 15, 2013
First Published: 22:04 IST(15/7/2013) | Last Updated: 22:06 IST(15/7/2013)

Ahead of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's scheduled visit to Odisha on Tuesday, the entire route from the airport to Sri Jagannath Temple at Puri was given fool proof security cover.

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"The personnel of CISF and Odisha Police have been deployed for security during Modi's visit," Sarat Kumar, the director of Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar, told reporters.

As many as ten private security personnel of the BJP's election campaign committee chairman Modi arrived in Bhubaneswar on Monday and took stock of the security arrangements at the airport along with party general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan and state unit president KV Singhdeo.

"Since Modi gets Z-plus category protection, we have made all necessary arrangement for his visit," said Puri SP Anup Kumar Sahoo, adding that security has also been beefed up at Sri Jagannath and Gundicha temples where the BJP leader is scheduled to visit and seek blessings of the Trinity.

The Gujarat chief minister will also meet Puri Gajapati Maharaja Divyasingh Deb and Sankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati after pujas at Gundicha Temple and Sri Mandir on Tuesday.

On his way to Puri, Modi is scheduled to pay tribute to "Pancha-Sakha" (five legends) at Sakhigopal as a mark of respect towards Odiya heros, Singhdeo said.

According to the itinerary, released by state BJP leaders, Modi will arrive at the Biju Patnaik airport by a chartered flight at 9.15am and depart at 4:45pm.

He will spend around 90 minutes in Gundicha Temple and Sri Mandir and have 'darshan' of Lord Jagannath at Gundicha Temple and Goddess Laxmi and 'Maa Bimala' at Sri Mandir.

Though there was no public meeting, Modi is scheduled to meet a gathering of state BJP leaders at a hotel in Puri before departing from the holy town.

The party's joint in-charge of Odisha Arun Singh landed in Bhubaneswar ahead of Modi's visit to facilitate a smooth visit.

Singh along with state party president KV Singhdeo and others reviewed the progress of the preparations. Singh also visited the airport and met the airport director.


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