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Jamshedpur, April 23: Kolhan DIG Sambhu Thakur on Sunday discussed the strategies to tackle the ‘Kolhan bandh’ supporters in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jamshedpur on Sunday.

During a closed-door marathon meeting with senior cops of three districts of Kolhan – East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharswan, the DIG ordered senior officials to take strict action if the bandh supporters take law onto their hands. He said strict vigil has been ensured in and around the venue.

According to the information, over 2000 police personnel have been deployed on security duty across the entry route to the sports center, in addition to installing 70 high-definitions (HD) cameras of 1080 resolution inside the venue for effective surveillance.

The stretch of the street from Sonari aerodrome to the sports complex, about 3km, which the Prime Minister will travel to reach the venue, has been covered with armed security personnel.

A team of Special Protection Group (SPG) and intelligence bureau officials carried out joint inspections on the aerodrome-Sports Center road to ensure there’s no let up in the security arrangements. A mock drill was also carried out on the PM’s travel route on Saturday afternoon.

“Security is an issue this time, as one major political party has called a bandh to protest Sunday’s program,” said a source in the district intelligence wing.

It may be recelled that the main Opposition in Jharkhand, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has given a Kolhan bandh to protest against the Raghubar Das-led state government’s recently announced domicile policy. The bandh has been called in view of Prime Minister’s visit to the city on the day.

Congress has also extended moral support to JMM-sponsored ‘Kolhan bandh’ on April 24.

JMM has planned to block all state highways and NH-33 and also prevent vehicles trying to bring in villagers for the PM’s program in city.

A secret team has been formed to show black flags and raise slogans against the state’s domicile policy before the Prime Minister between Sonari airport and the venue – the JRD Tata Sports Complex.

Expressing satisfaction over security arrangements, SSP Anoop T Mathew said that it has been decided to take stern legal actions against those who will try to obstruct PM’s program in city. “Traffic is an important issue that has been addressed in view of the event. We have prepared the road map and also chalked out alternative routes for traffic diversion,” he said.

Vehicular access has been prohibited on Airport Road stretch (from Sonari airport to Circuit House roundabout), a stretch of Sakchi Boulevard road (from Circuit House Road to Jusco corporate office roundabout), a stretch of Straight Mile Road (from Jusco corporate office roundabout to Sakchi roundabout) and the Subernarekha Link Road stretch (from Rajendra Vidyalaya School to Old Court premise).

“There will be no vehicular movement on these stretches from morning till evening. We have installed around 53 drop gates on these roads to control vehicular movement,” said a police official.

Moreover, high resolution CCTVs cameras have been installed to monitor the delegates and viewers. Special Protection Group (SPG) also carried out trial run of the motorcade of the Prime Minister.

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