Security heightened ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit tomorrow

Security heightened ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit tomorrow
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

New Delhi: Security has been ramped up in the state capital in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in Bhopal on Friday.

Modi is scheduled to arrive at the airport around 4 PM and thereafter will head to address an ex-servicemen (Sainik) Sammelan at Lal Parade Ground here, an official of the Public Relation Department said.

He will meet the Jain saint Acharya Vidhyasagarji Maharaj at a Jain temple.

Later, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Shourya Smarak built at Arera Hills spread over an area of 12.67 acre land and constructed with a cost of Rs 41 crore.

He will remain in Bhopal for nearly three hours before leaving for his onward destination, the official said.

Bhopal Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Raman Singh Sikarwar said 5,000 policemen have been deployed at the airport, route and the venue of the three events.

He said police were keeping an eye at public places like stations, bus stands, hotels and hostels.

Sikarwar said vehicles entering into the district are being searched, while security drills are also being carried out.