Security has been beefed up in the Madhya Pradesh capital on Friday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to inaugurate a war memorial, the authorities have said.
According to police, railway stations, airports, bus terminals, important markets and localities in the city were secured ahead of the high profile visit. To ensure that no untoward incident occur, vehicles were screened at different check points in across the city.
The state administration also issued a circular asking all government and semi government offices to suspended work post 3 pm, a news agency reported.
The Prime Minister will inaugurate the newly built war memorial — Shaurya Samarak — and address a meeting of former servicemen at Lal Pared ground, during his three-hour visit, ahead of the BRICS meet in Goa.
For the occasion, PM Modi is scheduled to leave New Delhi at 2.30 pm. on Friday and arrive at Bhopal Airport at around 4 pm. He will reach Lal Pared ground between 4.30 pm and 5.20 pm.
Bhopal Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Raman Singh Sikarwar said 5,000 policemen have been deployed at the airport, route and the venue of the three events.
Sikarwar said police were keeping an eye at public places like stations, bus stands, hotels and hostels.
“Vehicles entering into the district are being searched, while security drills are also being carried out,” he added.
Ahead of PM’s visit, MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in his blog on the Shaurya Smarak built at Arera Hills, said he always cherished a dream about a grand and unique Shaurya Smarak in Bhopal to apprise people, especially the younger generation of the valour and sacrifices made by the sentinels of our borders besides infusing a spirit of patriotism in them.
“In consultation with experts, the picturesque Arera hills was selected for site of the memorial that will be convenient to the citizens of both old and new Bhopal. Years of hard work and fine workmanship have made it possible,” he added.
He said: “Our history was replete with glorious sagas of brave sons and daughters of the land. They were household names and favorite characters of our folklores. These all symbolised our gratitude to them”.