Police were deployed in large numbers in parts of Chandigarh on Saturday, a day before President Pranab Mukherjee and his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin are scheduled to visit the city on Sunday.
BJP national president Amit Shah will also be in the city to address a party workers ‘sammelan’ at Ramleela Maidan. He is likely to reach the city around 10:30am.
The two presidents will attend the ongoing Agro-Tech fair being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Sunday. They are likely to reach the venue at 11:30am.
IGP chairs security meet with officials
Over 1,500 UT cops will remain deployed pertaining to the visit of the presidents in the city, a senior officer said.
Cops were seen doing rehearsals on Saturday at Parade Ground, Sector 17. Moreover, traffic cops were seen controlling the traffic from early morning.
Security arrangements were planned and discussed during a meeting chaired by Tejinder Singh Luthra, inspector general of police with senior police officials including SP traffic and all the DSPs.
Commuters suffered major harassment in Sector 17 as entry point towards Parade Ground and Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) was barricaded. People had to take longer routes to enter Sector 17 from the same side.
The service lanes were choked due to diversion of traffic by the police.
“I understand that security of the country’s President is important but there can be better ways of controlling or managing traffic. There was no need to divert the route a day before”, said Sandeep Kaushik, who had a heated argument with a cop.
Traffic was also hit on road connecting Sectors 42, 35, 22 and 17.