An alert has been sounded across Bihar in the wake of boycott call of official functions by the banned ultra-left organisations on Independence Day.
"All police stations have been put on high alert and patrolling has been further intensified throughout Bihar, particularly in the naxal-infested districts that include Gaya, Jehanabad, Nawada, Bhojpur, Patna, West and East Champaran, Rohtas and Aurangabad," IG (Operation) S K Bhardwaj said.
Superintendents of police have been asked to ensure a close watch on the movement of naxalites belonging to the proscribed CPI(Maoist) and other ultra-left outfits, Bhardwaj said.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made in Patna. The main function of the Independence Day would be organised at historic Gandhi Maidan in the Capital with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unfurling the national tri-colour.
No person would be allowed to go near the podium or the VIP enclosure at the Gandhi Maidan without security passes and people could watch the function from the audience gallery, Patna Divisional Commissioner Rabindra Panwar said.
The civil surgeons were asked to stand by with all medical facilities, Panwar said.
DIG, Central Range, J S Gangwar said instructions had been given to police officials to immediately inform their seniors in case they see any suspicious person, object or vehicle.