Varanasi turns into fortress for PM Modi’s visit

  • Pawan Dixit, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 25, 2014 10:28 IST

Central security agencies and the state government are going all out to ensure fool-proof security to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his Varanasi visit in view of threat perceptions to the PM.

Modi is expected to reach Lal Bahadur Shastri airport, Varanasi, at 10.40am and leave by 5.40pm. The Special Protection Group (SPG) and Rapid Action Force have cordoned off the Diesel Locomotive Workshop, where Modi will lay the foundnation stone for the `600 crore expansion plan of the premier railways workshop.

The UP government has mobilised police personnel from all across the state for the occasion while the state government has deployed six Superintendents of Police (SP), eight additional SPs, 12 deputy SPs, 12 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary and five companies of RAF. This deployment of police force would be in addition to the Varanasi police force.

The Banaras Hindu University campus — where Modi will participate in several functions — has turned in to a fortress while Assi ghat — where Modi would review progress of the cleanliness drive he launched on his November 8 visit — has been scanned several times by a bomb disposal squad.

The district administration has also made alternate arrangements for Modi’s transportation if dense fog restricts flying of his chopper. The chief secretary and director general of police, UP governments, held a meeting about the security arrangements with officials of Varanasi on Tuesday. Stern directives have been issued to carry out checking of all vehicles in PM’s cavalcade. Ahmad Hasan, health minister in the state government, will be the CM’s emissary during PM’s visit.

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