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Ahead of Modi visit, SPG team takes stock of security

punjab Updated: Mar 21, 2015 09:11 IST
Aseem Bassi
Narendra Modi

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to visit Amritsar on Monday, a team of the Special Protection Group (SPG), along with top police officials, arrived in the city on Friday. After a meeting with deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat and police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh at the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, the team, including the two officials, visited the Jallianwala Bagh and spent around an hour there to fine-tune the arrangements.

The team also visited the Golden Temple and the Durgiana Mandir. All three places are on Modi’s itinerary. This is Modi’s first visit to the Holy City after becoming the Prime Minister.

During the Lok Sabha elections, he had visited the city to campaign for BJP candidate Arun Jaitley, but he had then restricted himself just to the rally venue.

“After landing at the Amritsar Airport in the afternoon, Modi will head for Ferozepur, where he will be attending a function in honour of Bhagat Singh. At 5pm, the Prime Minister will be returning back to Amritsar. He will be in the city for two hours,” the DC said.

Even as the local police officials have stepped up vigil, many police officers from other regions of Punjab have also been camping in Amritsar. The area around the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh is under intense police watch.

Cops are making it a point to check the antecedents of residents, shops owners and visitors frequenting the area. The police have issued directions to residents in these areas to deposit their weapons in respective local police stations. Police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh said, “The SPG team and other officials have already reached the city and on Friday meetings were done at the all the venues and route in-charges have been assigned their duties. High-security cover will be in place in the city during the visit.”


Security arrangements

· Police officers from other regions of Punjab have also been camping in Amritsar

· The area around the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh is under intense police watch
· Cops are making it a point to check the antecedents of residents, shops owners and visitors frequenting the area

· The police have issued directions to residents in these areas to deposit their weapons in respective local police stations

· Route in-charges have been assigned duties