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Gopal Maidan recce before NaMo rally

A team from the East Singhbhum district administration, led by senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amol V. Homkar and Dhalbhum SDO Prem Ranjan, on Monday inspected Gopal Maidan in Bistupur, the venue for BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s April 10 rally.

The election meeting, which will be Modi’s first in Jamshedpur, will take place a day after Ramnavami immersions and hence, the district administration is taking extra measures to avert any untoward incident.

According to the tentative schedule, Modi, who will be canvassing support for the party’s Lok Sabha nominee from Jamshedpur seat Bidyut Baran Mahto, will address the crowd at noon.

“We inspected Gopal Maidan in view of the senior BJP leader’s rally. However, an official confirmation about the meeting is yet to reach us,” Homkar told The Telegraph.

The SSP went around the venue and discussed logistics with other members of the team, which also had officials from Tata Steel’s sports department.

The officials finalised the spot where the stage will be constructed besides fixing various entry points and exits.

Traffic deputy superintendent of police (DSP) R.N. Sinha, who was also present, said they would prepare a proper road map to ensure smooth vehicular movement on that day.

“Traffic needs to be regulated as the rally venue is in the heart of the city. We attended a meeting with superintendent of police (city) Karthik S. in the evening to chalk out alternative routes for traffic diversion,” he added.

SDO Ranjan pointed out that Gopal Maidan has the capacity to accommodate around 10,000 people. But the crowd is expected to swell beyond the capacity on April 10.

“The local administration will arrange foolproof security arrangements in and around the venue. Special deployment will be made to ensure peace,” he added.

State BJP spokesperson Amarpreet Singh Kale and senior party leaders, who also took stock of the venue, agreed.

“We are expecting a huge crowd. This will be Modiji’s first election rally in Jamshedpur and Kolhan. Party workers are naturally upbeat. Our supporters from each and every block of three districts — East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan — will turn up in huge numbers to make the event a grand success,” he said.

Ramnavami, which will end on April 9 with immersion processions being taken out by various akharas, has always necessitated huge police presence. The administration takes adequate measures to ensure communal harmony and peaceful celebrations every year.

“Additional police personnel, who are requisitioned from other districts to keep guard during the festival, will stay back this time for the Modi rally,” said an official.