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Manmohan Singh to visit Amritsar on Sunday

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, July 24, 2014
First Published: 19:37 IST(24/7/2014) | Last Updated: 23:10 IST(24/7/2014)

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh will visit Amritsar, his hometown, on Saturday, July 26. Singh will pay obeisance at the Golden Temple on Sunday morning and attend a private function in the city on the same day.


The former prime minister will arrive here on Saturday evening and will head for Circuit House. After staying there for the night, he will visit the Golden Temple the next morning and attend the private function before returning to Delhi the same day.

A team of the Special Protection Group and officials of the city police and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) held a meeting on Thursday to discuss the arrangements for the visit.

The former prime minister had last visited Amritsar in January 2012. Since Manmohan will visit the Golden Temple on Sunday, when the Shiromani Akali Dal will also organise a Panthic convention on the issue of a separate gurdwara committee for Haryana, the Amritsar police are on their toes while making arrangements for these.

Police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh organised a marathon meeting with his officers on Thursday and later visited the Golden Temple. He visited the Manji Sahib Hall where the convention would take place and also discussed the security arrangements for Manmohan's visit.

Aulakh told HT that stringent security measures were being put in place. Around 2,500 police personnel would be on duty and special nakas would be put up in different parts of the city, he added.

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