Uttarakhand crisis: Security stepped up ahead of majority test in House

To prevent crowd formation and clashes between workers of Congress and BJP, the Speaker has directed imposition of Section 144 CrPC in some areas, including around the Assembly campus.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Dehradun | Published: March 27, 2016 1:45 am
Dehradun: Uttrakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat addressing a press conference in Dehradun on Monday. PTI Photo  (PTI3_21_2016_000247B) *** Local Caption *** Uttrakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat. (Source: PTI)

Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker G S Gunjwal Saturday asked the state police to ensure security at the residences of all MLAs and MPs across the state, even as most of the MLAs camped outside the state for most of the week.

To prevent crowd formation and clashes between workers of Congress and BJP, the Speaker has directed imposition of Section 144 CrPC in some areas, including around the Assembly campus.

Government officials said the decision was taken on account of apprehension of a clash between Congress and BJP workers Monday, when the Harish Rawat government has to prove its majority on the floor the House.

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State DGP B S Sidhu said security arrangements will be made at three levels. Security will be deployed at the residences of all MPs and MLAs across the state, even if the legislator is not at his or her residence. Barricading and traffic diversions will also be in place across Dehradun on Monday.

As part of security at the Assembly, only limited number of persons will be allowed entry in the campus on Monday. All entry passes issued earlier to staff and mediapersons will be deemed cancelled with immediate effect and a fresh list will be released to those limited persons — including mediapersons. Entry of vehicles will be prohibited. No passes will be issued for visitors’ gallery.

Additional forces will be deployed for security, apart from five companies of PAC.

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