|Uncertainty over PM’s visit due to AASU’s protest threat|
GUWAHATI, Jan 2 - Amid the continuous protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), uncertainty prevails over the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Guwahati on the occasion of the Khelo India event.
Even the police administration of the city is in the dark regarding the Prime Minister’s visit. Talking to The Assam Tribune, Guwahati Police Commissioner Munna Prasad Gupta said on Thursday that he is yet to get any formal intimation about Modi’s visit.
It is learnt that uncertainty over the Prime Minister’s visit soared after the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) leadership announced on December 28 that Narendra Modi would face massive public protests if he comes to attend the inaugural ceremony of the Khelo India games scheduled to be held here from January 10 to 22.
The AASU leadership made the announcement while disclosing their proposed schedule of protests. They also said that henceforth the student body would keep an eye on all national and international level sports events to be held in the city.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Gupta claimed that Guwahati Police is fully equipped to prevent any kind of untoward incident during any VIP visit. He also informed that all arrangements have been made to ensure a total security system during the Khelo India event and during the T20 match to be held between India and Sri Lanka on January 5.
In the Khelo India event, thousands of people including players, coaches, guardians and other officials are expected in the city. The Commissioner of Police said that in order to maintain law and order along with discipline, a proper plan for force mobilisation has been formulated.
Gupta said that in order to prevent a serious law-and-order situation during any kind of protest or mass movement in the coming days, the city police would lay more emphasis on the technology-induced force multiplier. In this connection, he said that there is a need to install close circuit cameras in all strategic locations across the city. He also stressed that in a bid to prevent any kind of untoward incident there is a need to cut the distance between public and police.