Heavy security put in place Anna’s fast venue

Police throw a tight security cover around the MMRDA grounds in suburban Bandra-Kurla Complex where Anna Hazare will commence his three-day fast.

Mumbai: Bomb detection and disposal squads
and units of Quick Response Team are being put in place, as
police throw a tight security cover today around the MMRDA
grounds in suburban Bandra-Kurla Complex where Anna Hazare
will commence his three-day fast from Tuesday.

Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary (Home) U C Sarangi
chaired a high-level meeting to take an overall review of the
law and order situation and the security drill in the city on
the eve of Hazare`s fast for a `strong` Lokpal bill.

"We took stock of the overall security review for
maintaining law and order. No additional force has been
sought as of now," he told reporters emerging out of the
meeting also attended by top officials including DGP K
Subramanium and Mumbai police chief Arup Patnak.

Sarangi also said all speeches by speakers during
Hazare`s fast will be monitored.

Around 2,000 constables, 200 sub-inspectors of police,
six platoons of state reserve police force, three teams of
Quick Response Team and two Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads
will keep a hawk`s vigil at the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional
Development Authority (MMRDA) grounds to ensure there was no
law and order problem.
The ground will have six emergency exits, 16 fire
extinguishers and six metal detector units, besides
round-the-clock ambulance services. Hazare is due to begin his
fast at 11 am tomorrow.

The Maharashtra government assured the Centre that all
necessary arrangements are being taken for Hazare`s security.

In a communique to the Central government, it said
adequate security will be provided to Hazare when he stages
his fast, official sources said in New Delhi.

"The Maharashtra government is in regular touch with the
Centre and regularly updating the development in Mumbai," an
official said.

"Access control to the venue will be in place. All
speeches made will be monitored and loudspeaker restrictions
will be in place after 2200 hrs," said Sarangi, who had met
Hazare as an emissary of the government during his 13-day fast
at Ramlila maidan in Delhi in August this year.
Sarangi said he was not aware of any Intelligence
Bureau (IB) alert regarding a threat to Hazare`s fast.

"Whatever basic minimum bandobast is required and
whatever is necessary in terms of security and law and order,
is being taken care of by the police," he added.

Sarangi said Maharashtra government has not decided to
send any representative to the fast venue and hence there is
no question of meeting the 74-year-old Gandhian.

He said police were not issued any directives banning
plastic bags to the venue of the fast.

When asked about the government`s estimate about the
likely crowd turnout at the venue, Sarangi said, "the capacity
of the MMRDA ground will not be stretched beyond its limit".


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