Tight security for protesters at Ramlila Ground

Last Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 10:36

New Delhi: Amid security concerns, Central
and Delhi Police personnel have made elaborate arrangements to
ensure safety of hundreds of supporters of Anna Hazare at
Ramlila Maidan here.

About 500 police personnel have been guarding the ground
round-the-clock, besides regular checks by bomb disposal squad
and sniffer dogs to avoid any untoward incident.

Personnel of Delhi Police and Central Reserve Police
Force (CRPF) have been deployed inside and outside the ground
to manage the gathering of large number of people and traffic.

For stricter surveillance, forces have been deployed at
all vantage points, including high rises around the area.

"There are three layers of security for the area. While
the inner and outer layers are manned by Delhi Police
personnel, the security for middle ring is with the CRPF," a
senior Delhi Police official said.

An additional six companies (about 600 men) were on
stand-by to meet any emergency situation, he added.

Policemen were frisking individuals and checking their
baggages through X-ray machines before granting them entry to
the ground.

"All arrangements have been made for security of people
and Hazare, we want people to be vigilant," the officer said.

Police personnel were regularly cheered by the crowd.

Slogans like "ye ander ki baat hai, police hamare saath
hai"(police is with us) and "jab ye wardi kholegi, Anna Anna
bolegi" (when they will remove their uniforms, they would
chant Anna Anna) were shouted by the people.

To provide medical assistance to the fasting Hazare
supporters, a temporary medical room has been established and
four ambulances stationed.

A fire engine has also been stationed at the venue.

"So far, over 8,000 protesters have been treated at the
medical camp for various ailments like dehydration, diarrhoea,
fever and asthma," said Dr Pankaj, who is posted at the
medical room.

"300 cases have been referred to Lok Nayak Hospital," he
said, adding a team of doctors were providing their services.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 10:36
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