(left) Tight security arrangements are in place with an aim to keep the city safe and secure for the 73rd Independence Day and keep watch at railway stations, bus stands and crowded places. (right) Several checking points have been set up at the entry points of city where police teams are keeping a close vigil over each vehicle entering the city.
Bhopal police are on toes to keep the city safe and secure for the 73rd Independence Day. While Eid-ul-Adha was celebrated in city with great fervour on August 12, the Independence Day is celebrated on August 15. Although security is beefed up ahead of August 15 every year, but following intelligence inputs in the backdrop of Government removing special status for Jammu & Kashmir, it is a challenge this year. Therefore, tight security arrangements have been put in place in the city. Police started its special checking drive in city from Monday and heads of all the police stations have been instructed to tighten security measures and remain alert on the day.
They were also instructed to increase patrolling, keep watch on suspicious movement and check vehicles. They have been also stressed on strengthening local intelligence sources to get first-hand information about the suspicious people, said DIG Irshad Wali. Security plan for Independence Day had been finalised in a meeting and more than 1,000 armed security personnel and policemen would be deployed in the State capital. The police also carried out special search operations in various colonies to check suspected persons and outsiders staying in the city for the last few days.
The police personnel and Crime Branch sleuths also conducted special checks in hotels and guest houses to foil any violation. The police teams would also be deputed at bus stands, including Nadra bus stand, Halalpura bus stand and ISBT bus stand and both the railway stations including main and Habibganj railway stations as well as near Raja Bhoj airport. In addition to hotel and guest houses, security arrangements outside all major shopping malls have been increased by the police.
The city Police Control Room and the integrated Control and Command Centre are keeping a check at all crowded places through CCTV cameras. Besides, several checking points have been set up at the entry points of city where police teams at these check-points are keeping a close vigil over each vehicle entering the city, so that, no suspect could enter the city. These check-points are also there to ensure that firearms or explosive materials don’t enter the city.