Despite Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s insistence on not accepting any police protection, the Delhi Police in tandem with the UP police swung into action on Sunday to control the surging crowd around the CM’s residence.
With hundreds of people thronging to meet the AAP leader, the police have made special arrangements to control the crowd at his Kaushambi residence. Sources said that the development came following the request for deployment of security cover by the chief minister’s office after the gathering outside his house turned unruly.
According to officials, UP police personnel will be responsible for managing the traffic and the crowd around the premises of the CM’s residence. The Delhi Police personnel will be deployed in plain clothes to manage the visitors inside his housing society.
Officials of both the police forces reached the CM’s residence, located in Girnar apartments in Kaushambi at 11.30 am, and took charge of his security.
Later in the day, the District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police along with senior Delhi Police officials went to the CM’s house to discuss the requisite security measures to be taken.
Dharmendra Singh, SSP Ghaziabad said, “We had a meeting with the chief minister regarding his security. He has ordered us to deploy police personnel only for the management of the crowd. A door frame metal detector has been put up at the entrance to the society. A PCR and four police personnel are also stationed at the entrance to manage traffic in the area.”
Volunteers found it difficult to manage scores of supporters pouring in from across the country to meet Kejriwal.
Volunteers said that at 10 am when the chief minister came out to hear grievances of the people, the crowd got uncontrollable at the sight of him. This forced Kejriwal to rush back inside. On the request of the chief minister’s office, Delhi police personnel took charge and managed the crowd at Girnar society premises.
Singh added that officers of the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) will also guard the Delhi chief minister in civil uniform. Kejriwal has refused to take any pilot PCR for his movement.
Around ten Delhi police personnel took charge at each society gate and assisted AAP volunteers to manage the crowd.