Intense security arrangements are in place to cover vital installations and areas of public gathering in and around Chennai ahead of the visit of Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani.
According to police sources, Mr. Advani is part of a 30-member team of MPs constituting the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs chaired by another BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu.
The MPs are expected to arrive here on Wednesday evening and proceed to the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research at Kalpakkam in Kancheepuram district early the next day.
The committee may also inspect the Airport, Chennai Port Trust and other central establishments.
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) S. George held a meeting to review the security arrangements for Mr. Advani. An advance security liaison meeting involving the State police, intelligence agencies, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and IGCAR authorities was also held on Wednesday.
Inspector-General of Police (North Zone) P. Kannappan said though there was no specific threat to the VIP during his visit to Tamil Nadu, elaborate bandobust was made. “Besides local police, companies of the Armed Reserve and the Tamil Nadu Special Police are being roped in for the security arrangements. Police personnel who underwent commando training are being deployed at vantage points in Kancheepuram district,” he said.
Kancheepuram SP S. Manoharan said senior officers were nominated sector-wise to conduct anti-sabotage checks. Police personnel were stationed on all high-rise buildings along the convoy route, he said.