Elaborate and stringent security measures will be in place for the Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally at Palace Grounds in Bangalore on Sunday.
City Police Commissioner Raghavendra H. Auradkar, who briefed the press on Friday regarding the security arrangements being carried out in the last 10 days, estimated a turnout of three lakh people at the venue.
He said he would be supervising the security arrangements at the grounds with the assistance of at least 3,000 police personnel, including 10 Deputy Commissioners of Police of the City.
When his attention was drawn to the capacity of the grounds, which is estimated to accommodate only 1.5 lakh people, Mr. Auradkar said alternative arrangements will be made if the numbers swell.
A helipad has also been set up at Palace Grounds for Mr. Modi’s arrival and departure.
A space of about four blocks separating the staging area and the seating area will be ‘No Man’s land’, with restricted access only to his personal guards, select police personnel and the National Security Guard.
As part of the security arrangements, a total of 70 high-definition infra red cameras, which can scan over vast distances and even during night time, have been installed at the venue.
Anti-sabotage checks will be carried out by a team consisting of personnel from 18 districts of the State.
To counter any emergency, the police are also in touch with the hospitals, Fire and Emergency Services, Home Guards and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
The police have also briefed party workers regarding the security and 1,400 BJP volunteers will pitch in for crowd management on the rally day.
Two-levels of frisking
There will be at least two levels of frisking for anyone entering the premises.
Even police personnel will be asked to show ID proof as well as the employees deployed for work at the grounds.
Apart from this, the police said that new tenants in localities in the vicinity of Palace Grounds have been checked.
The police have already rounded up history-sheeters in various parts of the City. All public places, including bus and railway stations, will be checked as well.
Entry for public begins at 9 a.m. and the entry points to the venue are Krishna Vihar, Tripura Vasini, Circus Gate and Bellary Road. Items such as beedi and cigarettes, matchboxes, any sharp objects, helmets, handbags and flags, apart from any explosive material, including firecrackers are banned on the premises.
To prevent any untoward instances on the day of the rally, the City Police Commissioner has also banned sale of liquor in all wine stores, pubs and bars coming under the Yeshwanthpur and J.C. Nagar police station limits.
To prevent any untoward instances sale of liquor in all wine stores, pubs and bars in the area are banned