Holy City turns into fortress ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2015 16:49 IST

A day ahead of the high profile visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the city of Amritsar was turned into fortress with heavy police presence in and around the city.

As Modi reaches the city on Monday to pay obeisance at Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir and visit Jallianwala Bagh, around 5000 cops were positioned in the city and close eye was kept on each and every movement.

As senior police officers from all over Punjab have reached the Holy City, the director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini, who is also in Amritsar, is himself monitoring the entire security arrangements.

Taking no chances, the police has set up various circles of security and have virtually sealed the city with round the clock nakas, patrolling parties are on the move.

Keeping a close eye, the police on various points checked vehicles and also verified about those staying in hotels around the Golden Temple.

On Sunday, the police along with the special protection group also carried out a detailed rehearsal about the high profile visit.

As this is the first visit of Modi after becoming Prime Minister, security agencies are taking no chances.

Various points were sealed on Sunday itself and no vehicles were allowed beyond the Saragarhi parking. Even entry into Hall Gate was restricted in patches.

Even the pedestrians were asked to follow a one way route and entry was restricted inside the Jallianwala Bagh.

Although, the police was doing it in the name of security but definitely it did bring inconvenience to the tourists and common man.

During the two hour visit, Modi will firstly visit Golden Temple followed by Jallianwala Bagh and later Durgiana Mandir. The PM will reach the city at 5:00 pm.

Talking to HT, police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh said, "Keeping in view the high profile visit, we are taking no chances and a high degree of vigil is maintained. About 5000 cops are put on job to ensure that all goes smooth. We will also be having a detailed traffic plan so the locals do not face any inconvenience. "

Notably after the PM pays obeisance at the Golden Temple, the SGPC will handover a memorandum to him and demand his intervention at international level regarding Sikh issues."

Meanwhile the police has also rounded up various persons for security reasons.

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