BJP takes no chances with security at Indore conclave
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 23:29
Indore: With intelligence inputs that its national meet could be a possible terror target after the Pune blast, BJP is not taking any chances about the security of its senior leaders - many of whom face threats from terrorists and naxals.

Senior BJP leaders, top police officers and bureaucrats of the Madhya Pradesh government and intelligence officials discussed threadbare all issues related to the security at the 90-acre venue of the three day conclave starting tomorrow.

Around 1,300 tents, including 25 VVIP tents for the senior most party leaders, have been put up. "Several police personnel are being deployed in and around the venue in plainclothes to keep a watchful eye," said a senior BJP leader.

More than a dozen watch towers have already been set up for making the venue safe.

CCTV cameras have been installed all over the area while passes are being issued even to workers to prevent any intruders from sneaking inside.

Metal detectors and several check-points have come up at the venue. "There is a concern about security here but there is nothing to worry about it," BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar said.

Kumar and party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi were rushed to Indore yesterday to take stock of the preparations with special emphasis on security after reports came in that terrorists may strike in Delhi, Kanpur or at Indore in the wake of the blast in German Bakery at Pune on Saturday.

The Central intelligence agencies and the state and local units are working in co-ordination to pre-empt any untoward incident, an official at the venue said.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is closely monitoring all arrangements.

Government has kept ready a helicopter, 1,200 police personnel, hostage reaction teams and anti-sabotage squads for bomb detection.

A 'Close Protection Group' to act as a quick reaction team has been put in place with 50 commandos, while an armoured vehicle and commandos of Special Task Force have been stationed to deal with any hostage situation.

A chopper is on stand-by at the Kushabhau Thakre Nagar, which is the venue for the three-day conclave starting on Wednesday.


First Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 23:29

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