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Patna blasts in mind,bullet-proof police posts to secure international trade fair

The 33rd India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan will for the first time see bullet-proof police posts on the premises.

The 33rd India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan will for the first time see bullet-proof police posts on the premises.

The decision to put up these posts comes on the backdrop of bomb blasts that took place during a campaign rally by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,held in Patna last month.

To ensure that the 14-day event goes off smoothly,police said they had set up a fool-proof security cover in Pragati Maidan. The number of CCTV cameras,commandos and police personnel deployed on the grounds would also be increased this year,police said.

Police said the trade fair,which will begin on November 14,will see a special team of 20 women police personnel in civil clothes deployed on the premises. They will be expected to tackle crimes against women,including snatching,molestation and eve-teasing.

Police said eight bullet-proof police posts and 13 sandbag posts,each with 300 sandbags,will be set up on the premises.

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“There will be 20 countries participating this year. After the Patna blasts,security arrangements will have to be tight to ensure nothing goes wrong. We have called in outside forces and an extra team of the bomb disposal squad and commandos,” a senior police officer said.

The team deployed at the fair would comprise a Deputy Commissioner of Police,two Assistant Commissioners of Police,25 inspectors,170 sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors,250 head constables,1,000 constables and 100 commandos.

An outside force of five companies of male police personnel from the paramilitary forces and two companies of women personnel from the paramilitary forces will also be deployed.

Police said number of personnel deployed this year was up by nearly 20 per cent from last year.

According to police,109 CCTV cameras,50 more than last year,will be installed across the 20 halls and 30 pavilions.

There will also be 18 PCR vans,18 Quick Reaction Teams,a missing persons information centre,11 police assistance booths and 20 observation towers on the premises.

Also,three fire tenders,13 ambulances,a dog squad team,three bomb disposal squads,a mounted police team will be stationed there.

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