The top brass of the state administration on Thursday was locked in a high-level meeting at the secretariat to review the security arrangements in and around the state capital in the run-up to the JD(U)’s Adhikar Rally slated for Sunday.
The measures to ensure smooth traffic movement in the state capital on the rally day were discussed at length in the meeting presided over by chief secretary A.K. Sinha. The movement of heavy vehicles would be banned in the city from Friday evening.
There would be one-way traffic movement on all the roads leading to the Gandhi Maidan from the November 3 evening.
The vehicles transporting the party workers would be parked at Gardanibagh, Mithapur, Kankerbagh, Bypass Road and the Veterinary College grounds to prevent traffic snarls. Additional traffic cops would be deployed at the parking spots.
The officers decided in the meeting to deploy additional security forces in the city from the adjoining districts to maintain law and order.
After the one-and-a-half-hour-long review meeting, home secretary Amir Subhani said: “It was a routine meeting to review the law and order situations. Issues related to security arrangements for the rally were also discussed.”
Subhani refused to elaborate on the arrangements for the rally, but sources said around 4,500 additional police personnel, including 300 deputy superintendents of police, inspectors and sub-inspectors would be drawn from other districts. These policemen would be deployed in and around the Gandhi Maidan and on the important roads in the state capital.
Director-general of police Abhayanand and other senior police and administrative officers were present at the meeting. Additional director general of police (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements in Patna in the wake of the rally. “Instruction have been issued to the officers concerned in this regard,” he said.
He said the policemen not posted in the field would be deployed in the city.
Gun-toting men would maintain surveillance on the rally participants from the multi-storeyed buildings adjacent to the Gandhi Maidan.
Sources said the proposal for installing closed-circuit TV cameras at all the entry points in the capital and around the historic Gandhi Maidan, the venue of the rally, to keep a close watch on the activities of the rally participants as well as troublemakers was also discussed in the meeting.
The sources said metal detectors would be installed at all the entry points to the rally venue.
Arrangements have also been made to maintain surveillance at the railway station, as several rally participants would come by train.