Make in India Week: Cops gear up to fortify BKC, ensure no security loophole

While the main event will be held at Bandra Kurla Complex, functions will be hosted at several venues across the city including Girgaum Chowpatty and Turf Club.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:February 11, 2016 2:06 am
Preparations on for the Make in India Week at Bandra Kurla Complex on Wednesday. (Express Photo: Pradip Das) Preparations on for the Make in India Week at Bandra Kurla Complex on Wednesday. (Express Photo: Pradip Das)

The Mumbai Police is all geared up to handle the high profile ‘Make In India’ event that will the see Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as dignitaries from over 60 countries come down to the city between February 13 and 18.

While the main event will be held at Bandra Kurla Complex, functions will be hosted at several venues across the city including Girgaum Chowpatty and Turf Club. A bulk of the police force will be stationed at BKC as the prime minister and other dignitaries will throng the area on February 13.

A senior officer said that while on Tuesday, senior IPS officers were called to the chief minister’s house to chalk out security details, they have also been asked to conduct meetings everyday till the event ends to ensure that there is no loophole in the security apparatus for the high profile event.

“While the subsequent events too will have regular police protection, our main focus is the event at BKC on February 13. The entire area will be almost fortified,” a senior IPS officer said.

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“We have ensured that there is maximum security at the venues. Apart from this, there also be protection rings around the dignitaries assigned to them as per the protocol,” said Mumbai police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni.

An officer said that the BKC area will be guarded by 617 police personnel with 130 police officers deployed at the BKC venue. The police will have Door Frame Metal Detectors (DFMD) and hand held metal detectors at the entry gates for the exhibition centre.

“Every single person will be screened and one needs to have a prior registration before being allowed entry into the halls. No one will be allowed to carry any baggage,”said a senior officer.

In addition to the Mumbai Police, two platoons of the Quick Response Team (QRT), two companies of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and three companies of Combat and Delta forces will be spread inside and outside the ground overseeing the security. At Girgaum chowpatty and Gateway of India, which are also hosting programmes, there will be deployment of QRT and SRPF teams.

Apart from this the process of gathering ground level intelligence has begun with lodges and hotels in the city being checked to see if anyone suspicious has checked in. Several bodies, including central agencies, are co-ordinating to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.

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