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All ready for Anna's agitation, says state

mumbai Updated: Dec 27, 2011 01:59 IST
Rahul Mahajani
Rahul Mahajani
Hindustan Times

The city police and the state home department on Monday played down reports of terror threats to Anna Hazare's three-day agitation at the Bandra-Kurla Complex grounds, which starts on Tuesday.

Speaking at the sidelines of a function in Goregaon, Umeshchandra Sarangi, additional chief secretary (home), said: "We are ready, the necessary bandobast has been made at the venue keeping in mind the crowd that's likely to be there."

Asked whether the Intelligence Bureau had issued any alerts about possible terror attacks during the agitation for a stronger Jan Lokpal Bill, Sarangi said: "All possible aspects will be taken into account by the city police commissioner while providing security at the venue."

Police sources said there were general intelligence alerts cautioning about attacks, but there are no specific terror alerts.

Anna and his India Against Corruption will not have to worry about paying for the high-level security that will be provided to him. "The security at the venue is part of maintaining law and order in the city, so the state will not charge the IAC for the security provided," Sarangi said.

Later in the day, Sarangi, director general of police (Maharashtra) K Subramanyam and city police commissioner Arup Patnaik held a meeting at Mantralaya to take stock of the security arrangements as well as Anna's agitation. "We are all ready," Patnaik said.

Police sources said the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority's grounds at the BKC will not have general access during the three days and that the police will checking everyone who enters the venue. "If VIPs visit Anna, the security protocol for VIPs will be followed at the venue," an official, requesting anonymity.

Six platoons of the State Reserve Police Force will be deployed outside the venue, but the government has not called for additional security forces from other states.