The Mumbai police have claimed adequate security arrangements have been made ahead of Congress vice-president’s two-day visit to the city starting Friday.
Officers said police personnel in plain clothes will be posted at all venues Gandhi is scheduled to visit and traffic diversions will me made according to the requirement.
Following clashes between Congress party workers in the city, the party officials said instructions have been issued to the party workers, in a bid to avoid a law and order situation.
“Adequate steps have been taken to secure all venues that the Congress vice-president will visit and is scheduled to hold gatherings at,” said Vikram Deshmane, deputy commissioner of police, zone 11.
According to the itinerary, Gandhi will attend a party workers’ meeting at Father Justine Ground in Malad at around 2pm on Friday. He is then scheduled to visit the Congress party office at Azad Maidan around 3.30pm and is likely to be there till around 5.30pm.
Gandhi is scheduled to visit NMIMS in Vile Parle, where he will interact with management students. He will then hold a rally on foot from Bandra Bandstand to Dharavi. The police said that there is no specific threat to the events scheduled. They added that while the leader enjoys a scaled security (grade security), the police will ensure that the venues are sanitised before the events begin.
“We will restrict the entry for people at all venues. Police personnel in plain clothes will be present all the while during the events for better control of the situation and security,” said a police officer, who did not wish to be named.
While the police officers refused to divulge number of police personnel to be stationed on duty during the events, they added that all police stations concerned, in whose jurisdiction the programmes are scheduled, have been put on alert.