Security tightened ahead of Rahul’s visit, Cong protest on Monday

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jun 13, 2016 11:27 IST
An anti-sabotage team scanning the dharna venue with the help of a sniffer dog in Jalandhar on Sunday; and (right) a hoarding put up by a Congress leader to welcome party leaders to Jalandhar. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Security has been tightened around the district administrative complex (DAC) for Monday’s state-level protest by the Congress in which Congress’ vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh would participate.

A lane of the road outside the complex will be sealed by the police with barricades. As many as 500 cops will be stationed around the protest site in the PUDA complex for which the city police have called the personnel of the Punjab Armerd Police (PAP) and policemen from other districts.

Special security arrangements to guard the stage have been made with special protection group (SPG) commandoes.

Around 400 leaders, including MLAs and other office-bearers of the Congress, would sit inside the barricaded area.

However, ticket aspirants of various constituencies from the party have erected several hoardings and banners in the city and around the protest site, to ‘please’ their political bosses.

Even senior congress leader and state party’s general secretary Tejinder Bittu has installed a hoarding of Priyanka Gandhi around the site.

Meanwhile, the police administration has advised the rally managers to restrict the number of volunteers to 5,000 at the dharna site.

“Keeping in mind the security of the venue and the usual rush because of a number of government and private offices situated in the vicinity of the dharna site, we have advised the programme managers not to bring in more than 5,000 people as big numbers may lead to chaos,” said commissioner of police, Jalandhar, Arpit Shukla.

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