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Permission granted for Narendra Modi`s UP rally with conditions attached

Last Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 12:40

Zee Media Bureau

Bahraich: Narendra Modi`s `Vijay Shankhnad Rally` in Uttar Pradesh, scheduled to be held on Friday, has been given a go-ahead, but with some conditions.

In view of a series of explosions in Patna ahead of Narendra Modi`s rally on October 27, District Magistrate of Bahraich Kinjal Singh said permission for the event has been granted on condition that the BJP will fulfil all requirements for it in time.

"We can`t deny permission for a private event but there are serious lapses in arrangement. The Gujarat police had written to UP that the helipad should be ready 48 hours before Mr Modi arrives, but it is not ready. A seven-foot barricade around the stage to restrict access has not come up yet. The general arrangement is also very poor" a channel quoted Kinjal as saying.

A blame-game between Bihar`s government and the BJP is on over lapses in security arrangements for Modi`s Patna rally on October 27. Taking a safer side, the Uttar Pradesh government has now said the BJP must ensure that security at the rally in Bahraich meets the standards prescribed by the Gujarat CM`s own team.

A team of about 12 Gujarat police officials have already started making security-related suggestions to UP police. Help of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which mans the Indo-Nepal border, has been taken while anti-sabotage team, anti-mines unit, bomb disposal and dog squads of the state have also been called in.

Besides, NSG commandos and jawans of Gujarat police would be present at the rally venue and all the entry points would have metal detector doors and all the 15 blocks of the rally would be under surveillance of CCTV cameras.

Sophisticated jammers, a bullet proof place on the stage for leaders to address the rally and bullet proof vehicles have also been arranged.

Labourers, contractors and BJP leaders and workers overseeing the works of the rally venue would be allowed entry only after checking their identity cards.

Managers of hotels, lodges and inns have been asked to promptly inform about any suspicious movement or people staying at their places.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 12:40

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