2,000 policemen to be deployed for Prime Minister's visit

: The State police will deploy more than 2,000 police personnel, including ‘Quick Reaction Teams' of commandos, to provide primary-level security cover to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he arrives in the city on a two-day visit on Friday.

They will be posted along the Prime Minister's motorcade route and also at the venues of various functions he would attend in the city.

The police have secured the sites and conducted anti-sabotage checks.

SPG in city

Members of the elite Special Protection Group, tasked with the proximate security of the Prime Minister, are in the city.

An Inspector-General of Police heads them. The team includes members of the agency's communications, technical and transport wings.

The police and SPG jointly inspected the Prime Minister's route and simulated the movement of his motorcade along pre-designated roads on Thursday.

The SPG has also flown down its special vehicles, including armoured vans equipped with sophisticated electronic devices that can detect and thwart explosions. Some of the vans will act as mobile control rooms and communication hubs.

The armoured cars to transport the Prime Minister will be flown in from Kochi.

One Superintendent of Police of the SPG will be in charge of each of the venues.

The special aircraft carrying the Prime Minister is scheduled to land here from Kochi at 12 noon on Friday.

Chief Secretary P. Prabhakaran and Director-General of Police Jacob Punnoose will accompany him.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Intelligence, A. Hemachandran, ADGP, South Zone, K. Chandrasekharan, Inspector General of Police, Thiruvananthapuram Range, K. Padmakumar and City Police Commissioner M.R. Ajith Kumar will supervise the security arrangements.