Security stepped up for Global Investors’ Summit

R Dutta Choudhury
 GUWAHATI, Jan 31 – Though there is no specific input about possibility of any militant outfit indulging in acts of violence during the ensuing Global Investors’ Summit, the police and security forces are not taking any chance and elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure that the event passes off without any hiccups. Meanwhile, around 200 police personnel have been specially trained to be deployed inside the venue in civil dress.Special Director General of Police, Law and Order, Kula Saikia told The Assam Tribune that as a number of delegates from different parts of India and abroad are taking part in the Summit, adequate security arrangements have been made, not only in the venue of the Summit but also in the hotels where the delegates would be staying. “We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the event passes off without any problem,” he added.

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the Summit, the regular security drill for the VVIP is being followed. But apart from the special security drill for the Prime Minister, who will leave the State after the inaugural function, elaborate security arrangements have been made for the two-day programme. Police and paramilitary force personnel from different districts have been brought to the city to add the strength of the force in Guwahati.

A team of around 200 police personnel drawn from different battalions of the Assam Police have been specially trained to be deployed inside the venue. They will be in civil dress and they have also been trained up to properly deal with the dignitaries and guests inside the venue. These specially trained police personnel will be used in such functions in future also.

The venue of the Summit has been sensitized and police personnel have been deployed not only in the venue but also in the areas surrounding the Sarusajai stadium where the mega event is taking place. Anti-sabotage drills are being carried out regularly in presence of senior officials.

As security of the airport is the responsibility of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), regular meetings between the police and CISF officials are held to augment arrangements in the airport, while, police presence in the periphery of the airport has been increased. Patrolling including night patrolling in the vulnerable areas has been intensified and a traffic plan has also been chalked out to avoid traffic congestion near the venue and on the routes from the hotels to the venue.

Meanwhile, relying to a question on whether only one day time gap between the Summit and the Budget session of the Assam Assembly would be a major problem, Saikia said, “regular security drill for the Assembly session will be followed and we do not apprehend any major security problem.”

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