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Sonia?s rally: SPG reviews security

THE SPECIAL Protection Group (SPG) on Saturday extensively reviewed the security arrangements in the run- up to the rally to be addressed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi at Phoolbagh ground here on August 8.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 00:35 IST

THE SPECIAL Protection Group (SPG) on Saturday extensively reviewed the security arrangements in the run- up to the rally to be addressed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi at Phoolbagh ground here on August 8.

The SPG team that arrived this morning for advanced security liaison (ASL) with the local administration, was headed by an officer of Assistant IG rank. The team spent a considerable time at the ground, scanning the route and security checkpoints. Minister of State for Home Shri Prakash Jaiswal and some other party leaders accompanied the team.

During the discussion on the security blueprint with SSP PC Meena, the SPG team sought some modifications. They observed that concentration of security personnel needed to be augmented at certain points.

They suggested the SSP to increase the number of security personnel. In addition, the team had a close look at the route specified the cavalcade to reach the ground. They, however, asserted for a alternate and secured route and asked the officials to work it out at the earliest.

There were instructions for some alteration in the D zone as well. The team also sought the list of those leaders who have been cleared by the party to garland the two leaders. The officials made it clear that the SPG personnel will guard the route the leaders will take to reach the dais.

The administrative officials were also asked to make arrangements for blood units matching with blood group of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Meanwhile, senior party leader started flocking to the city and a meeting was held to assess the expected crowd strength.

Y4E activists lathicharged, held

THE KANLYANPUR police lathi-charged the activists of the Youth For Equality (Y4E) and arrested many of them here on Saturday. The Y4E members were protesting against the government’s reservation policy. The students of the IIT-K and GSVM Medical college have formed the Y4E.

As per the plan, about 40 to 50 students of  IIT-K came out of the main gate of the institute shouting slogans against the proposed reservation for OBCs in higher education institutions. The Y4E activist were scheduled to form a human chain outside the Phoolbagh ground, the venue of Sonia Gandhi’s rally to be held on August 8.

BJYM flays Centre

The demonstration  staged by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) on Saturday was part of a series agitations planned to be held before Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s rally on August 8.

The demonstrators criticised the Congress government for the hike in prices of all essential commodities.

Besides, the BJYM took out a march that ended at the statue of Subhash Chandra Bose located on Meston Road and converted into a public meeting.

The party activists were carrying placards and raising slogans against the Union Government headed by the Congress. Addressing the gathering, BJP district unit vice-president Neeraj Dixit held the Congress government responsible for rise in prices of all essential items. BJYM district president Srikrishna Dixit, who also addressed the gathering, applauded the efforts made by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for ensuring employment.

“The present Union Government led by the Congress has negated all good work done by the NDA,” Dixit said.