MUMBAI: More than 10,000 police personnel will be deployed to ensure the security of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 22-km roadshow in Ahmedabad on February 24.
Officials said 25 senior IPS officers would be in charge of security during the roadshow and when the leaders visit Sabarmati Ashram before jointly inaugurating the 1.10 lakh-capacity Motera cricket stadium — the biggest in the world.
The security detail also include 65 assistant commissioners, 200 inspectors and 800 sub-inspectors — all manning strategic locations in the city, a senior police officer said.The massive deployment will be in addition to officials of the US Secret Service and officials of the National Security Guards (NSG) and the Special Protection Group (SPG), the officer added.President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and PM Modi will travel the 22-km long route starting from the Ahmedabad International Airport to Sabarmati Ashram and then on to Motera stadium via the Indira Bridge, the officer said.
“An anti-sniper team of the NSG will also be stationed along the route. A bomb detection and disposal squad of police has already started scanning the entire route,” he added. Police is using specialised software to check hotels for information on occupants, especially foreign guests even as it is making background checks on the 1.25 lakh invitees who would fill the stadium.
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