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City cops prepare for Anna & Co.

mumbai Updated: Dec 26, 2011 01:25 IST
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The police are working round-the-clock to put security arrangements in place and ensure that Anna Hazare’s three-day agitation at the Bandra-Kurla Complex grounds passes off without disruptions and trouble in the city.

On Sunday, Vishwas Nangre Patil, additional commissioner of police (west region), said that 2,000 constables and more than 200 police sub-inspectors from the Mumbai police will be deployed in and around the venue. There will also be least four deputy police commissioners at the spot.

City police commissioner Arup Patnaik visited the ground on Sunday night to inspect and oversee the deployment of security.

The city police will be assisted by six platoons of the State Reserve Police Force, three platoons of the anti-terror Quick Response Team commandos. Two bomb detection and disposal squad teams, with equipment and sniffer dogs, will be at the venue and will conduct random anti-sabotage checks.

“The organisers have been asked to install CCTVs at the venue and on the roads leading to it,” said Satyanarayan Choudhary, deputy commissioner of police, zone 8.

On its part, the police will arrange for mobile CCTVs and X-ray scanners to check the vehicles parked near the venue.

A marquee spread over 30,000 sq metres of the ground will be put up on Tuesday. The police have already approved the venue layout. “We informed them about barricades, entry points, CCTVs. Accordingly, a layout was prepared, which has been approved,” said Choudhary.

The organisers, Anna’s India Against Corruption (IAC), have been asked to regulate visitors so that the stir does not inconvenience office-goers and road traffic. “The ground has a maximum capacity of 25,000 persons. Though some more thousands can be adjusted in and around the venue, any number beyond that might cause inconvenience,” Nangre Patil said.

IAC has been asked to issue identity cards to its volunteers as well as put in place a dress code so that volunteers are easily identifiable. There will be counters at access points where people’s belongings can be deposited. IAC has allotted around 15,000 sq metres of the ground to accommodate the public, while the rest of the space will be used for Anna’s stage, his room, area for cooking and serving, toilet blocks and conference room, among other things.

The venue will have just one entry point. “The single entry point is to ensure strict checking. We request all supporters not to bring big handbags,” said Dr Anjali Damania, IAC volunteer.

The traffic police said they would make announcements about traffic restrictions and diversions, if any, on Monday after assessing the probable turnout of visitors and vehicles.