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Elaborate security arrangements in place ahead of PM’s visit

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Bhubaneswar: With the Temple City all set to host BJP’s national executive committee meeting, elaborate security arrangements have been put in place to provide full-proof security cover to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to Odisha on April 15 and 16.

Odisha Police is pressing over 100 platoon force apart from central paramilitary units such as CRPF, ITBP and CISF for the security arrangement. Four IG-ranked officers 15 SPs, 50 inspectors and 308 SIs will supervise the security across five sectors. Roof-top surveillance near Janata Maidan and Raj Bhawan has been mounted while Quick Reaction Teams would sweep the city on these two days.

An hour before the Prime Minister’s visit to a particular area, that concerned area will be declared a ‘no flying zone’, the DGP added.

“Prime Minister’s security arrangement is being made as per provisions in the ‘Blue Book’ in coordination with the Special Protection Group (SPG).  SPG IG Yashwant Jethwa, who is an Odisha cadre officer, is camping here looking into the arrangement,” Singh elaborated.

The police today held a security mock drill from the airport to Janata Maidan for the Prime Minister’s visit.

The PM’s motorcade includes as many as 127 vehicles. Among all the heavy weight leaders, two VVIPS will be protected by the SPG and 29 VIPs will be guarded by Z-plus security

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