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Foolproof security in Kolkata for PM Modi’s visit

University students block a road supporting a general strike called by various trade unions, in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Trade unions have called for a country-wide strike Wednesday to protest against what they call the

University students block a road supporting a general strike called by various trade unions, in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Trade unions have called for a country-wide strike Wednesday to protest against what they call the "anti-workers and anti-people" policies of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   | Photo Credit: AP

The Intelligence Branch had submitted a report to the State stating that as many as three organisations are planning to hold large-scale gatherings at the airport, on the roads and show black flags to the Prime Minister

The West Bengal administration has planned foolproof security arrangements to counter any untoward incident during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the city starting Saturday evening.

The Intelligence Branch had submitted a report to the State stating that as many as three organisations are planning to hold large-scale gatherings at the airport, on the roads and show black flags to the Prime Minister

According to a senior official of the State government, the authorities have planned to “sanitise” the route slated to be taken by the Prime Minister’s convoy to take to reach the city from the airport keeping in mind the possibility of protesters against CAA and NRC showing black flags and putting up blockades.

The official said the roadmap was planned considering that Mr. Modi is scheduled to arrive at a time when light will not be favourable to fly him to the city in a helicopter.

“We have planned foolproof arrangements for the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There will be barricades along the edges of the roads from the airport to the city on Saturday evening. There will be an extra security cover alongside these roads to keep a check on threats of protesters putting up blockades or displaying black flags to the PM,” the official said.

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