Hollande visit: Security personnel fan out in Chandigarh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 24, 2016 15:12 IST
Security personnel standing guard outside the Rock Garden ahead of the French President and Indian Prime Minister’s visit in Chandigarh. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Security personnel have spread out in Chandigarh as the city prepares to receive French President Francois Hollande.

Personnel of Chandigarh Police and also their counterparts from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, besides the paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), have been deployed in strength at all vital places that Hollande and Modi will visit.

A senior police official told HT that the security was deployed three hours before the high-profile visit “as is the procedure.”

Security personal deployed on VIP route at Sector 9/10 dividing road in Chandigarh. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

The official, however, said vigil had been increased days ahead.

Hollande and his high-powered delegation, including six ministers, will land at the Air Force Station around 1.05 pm, follwing which he will visit at least three sites and attend a business summit at Hotel Taj in Sector 17.

Officials said around 6,000 cops have been deployed, one every 100 metres along the route Hollande will take starting from the Air Force station.

But they said Modi and Hollande will have separate personal security covers. While the National Security Guard (NSG) will guard Modi, the director general for external security, a French intelligence and national security agency, will protect Hollande.

Chandigarh Police have also deployed a special team of 35 personnel from its commando, CID and intelligence wings.

Security personnel also conducted early morning checks as barricades lined all entry and exit points in the city that is festooned with posters of the two premiers.

Chandigarh inspector general of police (IGP) RP Upadhyay said only one side of the road will be blocked for traffic. He, however, said ambulances will be allowed to enter the resreved side.

Roads to be avoided (1pm to 6pm)

Roads leading to Tribune Chowk, Transport light point, Sector 26, Matka Chowk, Sector 17 and Punjab and Haryana high court. People should also avoid visiting Elante mall between 1pm and 6pm.

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