Published On: Thu, Feb 23rd, 2017

5K additional police to secure Kovai as PM comes calling – The New Indian Express

COIMBATORE: The city police are leaving no stone unturned to ensure maximum security in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here on Friday. The Prime Minister will unveil a 112-ft statue of Adiyogi as part of Mahashivaratri celebrations at Isha Yoga Centre here. An additional police deployment of 5,000 from various districts will be made.
According to police, Modi will reach Coimbatore around 5.30 pm on Friday and head to Isha Yoga Centre in Poluvampatty in a helicopter, either from the Coimbatore International Airport or Sulur Air Force Station.

He will participate in the Mahashivaratri programme from 6 pm to 7 pm, and will reach the Coimbatore International Airport via helicopter. He will leave the city by 7.40 pm.
“Though Prime Minister’s travel plans are fixed, Sulur Airforce Station has also been asked to stay ready with an alternative plan, in case of any technical glitch,” an intelligence officer said.
The 5,000 police personnel on security duty and the Special Protection Group (SPG) are likely to reach the city on Wednesday. The SPG will also hold a meeting with the local police personnel.

“Soon after the meeting, from Wednesday night onwards, the entire area where the programme is scheduled to be held will come under the control of the SPG personnel,” Coimbatore Rural Police said.

Intelligence officials said Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were scheduled to attend the function on Friday.

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