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Imphal first poll stop

Imphal, Feb. 7: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi sent three teams of “dedicated police” of his state to Imphal for his security during his one-day Imphal visit tomorrow in addition to the National Security Guards (NSG) and state force teams.

“Three-layer security cover is arranged to ensure that nothing happens to the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate during his election meeting here tomorrow,” a highly placed source told The Telegraph.

Modi arrives tomorrow at Tulihal airport and he will address an election campaign meeting at Langjing Achouba club ground, 8km west of Imphal.

Imphal is the first leg of Modi’s Northeast tour. His visit faces boycott by sections of the Muslim community of the state, who accuse him of anti-minority activities.

The United Revolutionary Front, a militant group, which termed BJP as one of two national parties that “suppress” the people of Manipur, has called a general strike.

“In view of the boycott and general strike, nothing is left to chances. The security measures for the BJP leader’s visit is unprecedented,” the source said.

Teams of NSG and Gujarat police, both in civil and uniforms, will be responsible for security of the meeting venue, as the first layer. Gujarat police teams include bomb squads. Gujarat police teams and NSGs arrived here yesterday.

In the second layer, paramilitary forces like the CRPF and police commandos are deployed around the meeting venue. The quick-response teams of the state police will be responsible for the third layer.

“The state government is taking extra precaution to ensure that nothing unwanted develops during the visit as any hiccup will give the ammunition to the rival parties to hit out at the Congress, the UPA government at the Centre and the Congress government in Manipur,” a source in the Congress said.

A BJP senior party leader said Modi would touch all the major issues of the state and the political developments in the country during his speech.

After the address Modi will have a brief review of the political environment with the state unit president Th. Chaoba Singh, national general secretary Tapir Gao and other leaders of the state party at the meeting venue before heading for the airport on his way to Guwahati.

The mode of transport from the airport to the meeting venue has not been decided.

“We have arranged a chopper for his trip from the airport to the meeting venue. We have got the clearance from the Union home ministry. The chopper will land at the CRPF group Centre helipad, which is located near the meeting venue. If Modi chooses to travel by road, we have also made the arrangements,” the party leader said.