Come May 13, Writers’ Buildings will turn into a virtual fortress as never before in the recent past. An unprecedented police bandobast is being arranged at the seat of power something like 1967 when the Congress was first voted out of power.
Armed guards will keep a vigil on all entry and exit points, especially those in the protected areas that connect the VIP rooms to the corridors of power. Two other important government buildings, the New Secretariat on Strand Road and 4, Camac Street (housing Commerce & Industry and IT departments) will also be heavily guarded by gun-totting policemen.
Entry and exits will be strictly monitored and carrying a pass is a must. The movement of visitors will be monitored. While there is no proper infrastructure ready yet for a close vigilance on every nook and corner of these massive buildings through CCTVs, all protected areas, including the ministers’ and secretaries’ chambers will be out of bounds without appointments, said an official.
Asked if the proposed measures betrayed any sense of panic and even remotely smelt the present ruling incumbents’ lack of confidence in return to power, the official argued that the law and order was to be under the strict supervision and control of the Election Commission for at least a week after the poll results were officially declared.
Top echelons of the administration cannot lower its guards or remain complacent even for a single moment on May 13 with regard to sanctity and
security of these three buildings that are frequented on an average on a working day by no less than 20,000 people including dignitaries and foreigners, he reminded.
But even while maintaining a studied silence over a plausible answer to reasons for such frenzied protective measures, the official sounded apprehensive about possible sporadic euphoric outbursts on Friday from groups of boisterous employee supporters of rival unions professing allegiance to contending political parties that have fought the assembly polls.
Such displays of frayed tempers and emotions by even a handful could turn ugly if not controlled with an iron hand, with the state administration rising to the occasion and asserting its characteristic neutrality on such rare moments, he said.