A tight security cordon is being thrown around Coimbatore City and its peripheral areas as a precautionary measure for the Independence Day celebrations on Saturday. The Inspector-General of Police, West Zone, Pramod Kumar has drawn up an elaborate bandobust plan to be implemented under the direct supervision of Deputy Commissioners of Police, P. Nagarajan (Law and Order) and N. Kamini (Crime and Traffic).
The arrangements are only preventive and precautionary in nature and there had been no ‘pointed intelligence’ or threat perception for Coimbatore.Security measures will be in force from Thursday late night and the measures would partially continue till the completion of Vinayakar Chaturthi celebrations. A total of 23 mobile patrol vehicles and armed men on 33 bike patrols, strengthened check posts at 12 places on all arterial and feeder roads, and pickets by armed policemen at ten sensitive places will form part of the security arrangements.
As many as 25 vital installations will come under armed security cover and armed guards were being posted for nine police quarters in the City. Statues of 13 national leaders are being brought under armed security. Vigil will also be maintained at places of worship. Vhicle checks and lodge checks were being stepped up. Airport, railway stations, bus stands and places of public congregation including shopping areas are also coming under round-the-clock vigil.
Police personnel equipped with binoculars will be stationed atop high rise buildings around VOC Park to form part of the ‘aerial surveillance’ during the Independence day celebrations. Anti-Sabotage Teams (AST) of the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) and Fire Tenders were being kept ready. A total of 1,000 police personnel will be on security duty till the completion of Vinayakar Chaturthi celebrations.
The bandobust measures are being supervised by the Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore, N. Kannan and the DIG of Police, Coimbatore Range, B. Bala Naga Devi in Coimbatore Range. Enhanced focus is being paid to sensitive pockets in Mettuppalayam and Pollachi. Vehicle checks have been stepped up in rural police limits as well.