Bengaluru: The Karnataka Police are on high alert mode as the intelligence agencies have warned that protests on the Agneepath scheme might break out during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public rallies in Karnataka.
Modi is visiting the state for a 2-day tour after one-and-a-half years. He will arrive at the Bengaluru Yelahanka Indian Air Force Base at 11.55 a.m. on Monday. Modi will participate in 10 programmes organised in Bengaluru and Mysuru cities, including the International Yoga Day on June 21.
The state police department taking no chances has deputed more than 10,000 police personnel to ensure no untoward incident takes place during the Prime Minister’s programs according to sources. The focus would be on the Kommaghatta public function where PM Modi is addressing a massive rally.
The sources said that the protesters on the pretext of BJP workers might enter the venue in Kommaghatta where PM Modi is addressing a massive rally and stage a protest condemning the Agneepath scheme. Several organisations have given a call for protest against the Agneepath scheme.
The routes through which the PM’s convoy passes have been monitored by the police personnel since Sunday. The shops have been asked to close down and schools and colleges in the vicinity are being asked to declare a holiday. Congress State President D.K. Shivakumar has condemned the move of declaring holiday for schools and raised questions “Whether students are being considered as terrorists?”
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Pratap Reddy himself is monitoring the security arrangements. Two Additional Police Commissioners, 2 Joint Police Commissioners, 12 DCP’s, 30 ACP’s, 80 police inspectors will be on field to ensure security. The police department has deputed more than 10,000 police personnel around the city.
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