Security ring on venue in Muzaffarpur
Muzaffarpur, July 21: The district administration is hard at work to ensure security arrangements are in place around Chakkar Maidan for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally on Saturday.
Labourers are constructing a concrete podium under the strict surveillance of senior administrative officials and police officers. The process is even being recorded on video to ensure a smooth rally on July 25. The Muzaffarpur civic body has also been engaged to deck up the ground and prune the grass.
District magistrate (DM) Anupam Kumar has written letters to the Tirhut divisional commissioner, zonal inspector-general of police, deputy inspector-general of police and senior superintendent of police (SSP) apprehending threat from Maoists on the day of the rally. The letter talks about chances of Maoists sneaking into the town in beacon-fitted vehicles, or using stickers of police or press to create trouble.
Anupam has accordingly directed SSP Ranjit Kumar Mishra and district transport officer Manan Ram to conduct intensive checking of vehicles coming to town and also to regulate traffic. He has also directed Mishra to hand over the Chakkar Maidan premises to the personnel of Bihar Military Police for round-the-clock vigil.
Search operations have been launched with the help of district police in hotels and lodges. Central Reserve Police Force personnel are also involved in conducting raids at possible hideouts of rebels in the countryside areas of Sahebganj, Paroo, Deoria and Minapur.
In addition to this, steps are being taken to keep Chakkar Maidan illuminated during the night, to ensure vigil even during night hours ahead of the rally. Close to 500 high-mast lights are being put in place for the purpose.
The concern of the state administration regarding the security arrangements can be gauged from the fact that chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh inspected the ground on Tuesday and assessed the security arrangements. He discussed the arrangements with senior officials during his visit. There are District transport officer Ram told The Telegraph that a detailed plan for parking of vehicles has also been chalked out. Big vehicles would be parked on the Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology campus, BHEL campus, Zila School, Rewa Road, Chandni Chowk and Langat Singh College.
SSP Mishra said the stretch from Fakuli to Ramdayalu Nagar on the Muzaffarpur-Patna National Highway would remain closed from morning to evening of July 25.