Modi-Abe summit: 9,000 cops to keep vigil in Ahmedabad

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 08:00 hrs
Gujarat

Ahmedabad: Over 9,000 police personnel will fan across strategic locations in the city to secure it for the two-day visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe beginning on Wednesday, officials said.

Tight security arrangements have been put in place as the two leaders are expected to attend several programmes over the next two days, including the annual Indo-Japanese annual Summit, they said.

As Modi and Abe are also scheduled to visit Gandhinagar on Thursday, over 2,000 policemen will be deployed in the state capital to guard them and other dignitaries.

Soon after their arrival at the airport, Modi and Abe would take part in an 8 km road show that would terminate at Sabarmati Ashram, where apostle of peace Mahatma Gandhi spent considerable part of his life.

Later, they will visit a 16th century mosque in the evening and have dinner at a heritage restaurant in the eastern part of the city.

According to Balram Meena, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Control Room, around 70 per cent of the city's police force will be deployed as part of the security arrangements on Thursday.

"Out of the total strength of 10,500 policemen in the city, we will be deploying around 7,000 of them, that is 70 per cent of the total strength. In addition, we have called in 2,000 additional policemen from other parts of the state for the bandobust," Meena said.

"To provide enhanced security, we will also deploy 12 companies of the state reserve police, bomb squad and quick Response teams. We have also sent a request to send a team of NSG commandos. They may also join us," he said.

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