CM's itinerary to be kept secret

The attack on Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Kannur has prompted the Police Department to become more secretive about the security arranged for him.

Published: 01st November 2013 11:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st November 2013 11:36 AM   |  A+A-

The attack on Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Kannur has prompted the Police Department to become more secretive about the security arranged for him.

There has been a directive from the Police headquarters that programmes and schedule of Oommen Chandy be kept a secret to prevent crowd gathering at the  places where the Chief Minister visit.

According to police officials, the Kannur incident has revealed that  political activists with the assistance of police officials get information  regarding the place and time of Chief Minister visit to carry out protest.

“There is an strict directive not to pass on information regarding the programme schedule even to people in the Police Department. Only staff in   the Police Control Room and Special Branch would be informed about the Chief  Ministers schedule,” a police official said.

The security arrangement for Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for his Kochi  visit has been completely changed. The entire policemen of the Armed Reserve Camp and policemen in police stations have been deputed for the security purpose.

A top police officials in Kochi City Police said there is a directive from  the police headquarters to enhance the security arranged for Chief Minister.     “Now, more number of armed police officials have been deputed. Besides, the  venues and places where Chandy visits would be completely under police cover. A officer would be given the charge of security. More number of  policemen would be deployed along the routes through which the Chief  Minister’s convoy moves. The number of commandos deployed has also been increased,” the police official said.

The State Special Branch and the Intelligence Wing of Kerala Police have been asked to be more vigilant and to pass on imputs regarding any  possibility of violence.

Besides, the shadow police would patrol the city to monitor the situation at various places.

 A medical team would also accompany the Chief Minister’s convoy which will have more number of vehicles.


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