Chandigarh: Tight security arrangements have been put in place in Chandigarh and Mohali ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab on Wednesday. Section 144 has been imposed, besides declaring a no-fly zone.
On August 24, no one will be allowed to carry licensed arms and ammunition in Chandigarh.
Taking a cue from the security lapses during the Prime Minister’s last visit, the Punjab Police made tight security arrangements in Mohali for Narendra Modi’s visit.
The Prime Minister is coming to inaugurate the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre at Mulanpur in New Chandigarh. An area of 2 km of the venue has been sealed and the area has been made a no-fly zone.
At least 7,000 police personnel have been deployed this time keeping in view the lack of security during the last visit. A police blockade has been put in place 2 km before the spot and only pass holders are allowed outside the area.
Apart from punjab police personnel, special security force (SSF) personnel are also monitoring the security and have reached Mohali for the prime minister’s security.
SSF guards and sniper commandos have also been deployed in the area. Bomb disposal squad and dog squad have been put on standby.
Tight security arrangements have been made at the Chandigarh-Punjab border ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.
The road leading to the venue of the event in Mullanpur has also been repaired. Although PM Modi is scheduled to come by helicopter, the administration has also prepared an alternative route.
Earlier, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Ferozepur in Punjab, security lapses were mired in controversies and emerged as a national issue. Official statements had said that due to the farmers’ sit-in, their convoy remained stuck in the jam. Calling it a lack of security, the Prime Minister had returned to Delhi and at that time there was a Congress government in Punjab.