Over a dozen companies of para-military forces will be out on the streets in the Capital on Thursday as part of elaborate security arrangements made in view of the “bandh” call given by the Opposition parties and various trade and transport organisations over the issues of foreign direct investment in retail, hike in diesel price and limit on subsidised cooking gas.

Senior police officers of all 11 districts would supervise the deployments at all the vital locations where demonstrations would be held. “Extra force has been allocated for providing security cover to places which may be targeted by the protesters. All police stations have been kept on a high alert,” said a police officer. While security has been stepped up at market places in different parts of East, North-East, Central, North and West Delhi, traffic police has also been involved to ensure smooth vehicular flow.

The Delhi unit of BJP has announced that it would organise protests at 100 places across the city, including Karol Bagh, Paharganj, Chandni Chowk, Darya Ganj, Timarpur, Kingsway Camp, Seelampur, Sarojini Nagar, Mehrauli and Palam among other places.

The police have also drawn a plan of action to ensure peace during the protests at Jantar Mantar where leaders and supporters of eight parties would converse in the afternoon.

The Confederation of All India Traders has also given a call for “bandh” during which they would hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar on Thursday morning. Besides, auto and taxi unions have extended support to the “bandh” call.

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