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Ahead Of PM Modi’s Cuttack Visit: Mock Drill Takes Stock Of Security Arrangements

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25 May 2018

Bikash Sharma

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Cuttack: Security force personnel in Odisha are on their toes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state scheduled for Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in Bhubaneswar around 3.25 pm on Saturday and will travel to Cuttack by helicopter. From the helipad at Naraj, the PM's cavalcade will move towards the venue at Balijatra grounds in Cuttack on the banks of River Mahanadi.

Reviewing the security arrangements, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “The entire state is enthusiastic for PM Modi’s visit. The excitement of party workers as well as the citizens is palpable as after almost 31 years the Prime Minister of India is going to address a mega rally in Cuttack, which has been the cultural capital of Odisha. We are all eagerly waiting for the Prime Minister’s mega rally where he would address the nation and present his achievements in the last four years.”

Pradhan also emphasised on the fact that it is a proud moment for every person in Odisha that the PM chose Cuttack as the venue of his mega-rally.

Speaking on the security measures undertaken, DGP RP Sharma said, “Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the Prime Minister’s visit tomorrow. The cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar have been placed on alert. Adequate safeguards are being taken to provide safety to crucial areas like helipad, route between helipad and stage, the meeting venue, etc. The security is fool proof and crowd as well as traffic regulatory measures will be strictly adhered to.”

The DGP also informed that women police personnel, plain-clothed policemen, Armed forces and senior officers will be deployed for supervision. The Anti-Terrorist Squad and the Odisha Police have geared up the intelligence gathering system to take note of any suspicious individual or movement. The Police is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the event is a smooth sailing one.

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R.P Sharma, DGP, Odisha

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Dharmedra Pradhan, Union Minister, Petroleum & Natural Gas