Tribune press service
Mandi, December 25
Security was tightened in the town of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 27 for a rally marking four years of BJP government in the state. There is also a groundbreaking ceremony for investment memoranda of understanding worth thousands of crores.
Around 2,000 members of the police and national guard will be deployed to maintain public order and manage traffic. The meeting place, Paddal Ground, is already off-limits to ordinary people, with the Special Protection Group (which guards the PM) taking charge of its security.
Police Commissioner Shalini Agnihotri said Mandi town has been divided into 11 sectors for security purposes. “Drone cameras, sniffer dogs and CCTV cameras will be used for surveillance. With the exception of cell phones, no electronic gadgets will be allowed inside the room. There will be a ban on edibles and drinks, ”she said.
The SP said BJP supporters coming from Sundernagar, Ner Chowk, Gagal, Rewalsar, Kotli and Talyahar will have to disembark near the Truck Union ring road and park their vehicles near the new ring road towards Sabzi Mandi. On returning, the supporters will have to board their respective vehicles from Pul Gharat. Vehicles coming from Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu-Manali, Balichowki, Seraj and Pandoh will be stopped at Bheuli Chowk and parked at Bindravani (same starting point on return). Vehicles from Chamba, Kangra, Jogindernagar, Padhar and Kataula will be stopped near the New Victoria Bridge (also the pickup point on the return trip) and parked on the right side of the bridge along the Beas. Vehicles from Kotli via Sadyana, Bir-Lag and Bari-Gumanu will be stopped near Skodi Bridge Chowk (also the pick-up point on the return trip) and parked in Talyahar, the SP added.