PM meeting area sanitised, SPG team arrives

IMPHAL, 23rd FEB: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on February 25 to canvass support for BJP candidates contesting the state assembly elections Imphal West district police carried out search operations in and around Langjing Achouba, where Modi will be addressing an election meeting. The venue of the rally was shifted from Kangla Fort to Langjing Achouba after Irom Sharmila's People Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) raised objection, citing the venue as a sacred place for the people of Manipur.

             Under the supervision of additional SP Dr S Ibomcha Singh the police teams conducted house to house search from 5.45 till 7.15 am on Thursday. Though the police carried out verification of youths above 18 years of age at their respective houses there is no report of any detention by the police.

             At Langjing Achouba play-ground, the meeting venue, the police teams used two sniffer dogs to sanitise the area from about 7.30 till 8.30 am. Later in the afternoon, a combined team of Imphal West district police led by Dr Ibomcha, 5 JK Rifles, CRPF and CID personnel carried out house-to-house searches at Langjing Achouba Awang Leikai, Mamang Leikai and Heinou Makhong.

               State forces, including police commandos have been deployed around the PM’s meeting venue. Officials said that the state police have started round the clock search operations to prevent any unwanted activity. Other teams of state forces are also conducting search operations in the capital, including frisking of vehicles as part of beefing up the security apparatus, officials added.

               On the other-hand, 49-member team of Special Protection Group (SPG) led by its additional IG Aneesh Shirohi arrived at Tulihal Airport on Thursday morning in an Indian Air Force plane. The SPG squad also brought four bullet proof vehicles. Soon after their arrival they went to Langjing Achouba ground where the SPG IG along with IGP Clay Khongsai, Imphal West district deputy commissioner C Arthur W, and SP (IW) N Herojit assessed the venue and deliberated on security measures.


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