Bhubaneswar under tight security ahead of I-Day

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the 68th State-level Independence Day function,
the capital city of Bhubaneswar has come under tight security blanket.
Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr RP Sharma
has issued necessary directions to the officers asking them to ensure strict
vigil in the city and to check any suspicious movement or activity.
A total 38 platoons of force will be deployed during the
parade on the Independence Day on Friday to provide security in the State
Capital city with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik scheduled to unfurl the
Tricolour at MG Marg.
“We have kept a close
eye on city hotels, cyber cafes, railway stations and bus stands in the city.
Night patrolling and blockings on roads are being conducted regularly,” said Commissioner
of Polcie Dr RP Sharma.
He also informed that apart from 38 platoon of security
forces, quick reaction teams, sniffer dogs and bomb squads would be deployed
along Mahatma Gandhi Marg on Friday.  
Meanwhile, preparations are in final phase for the Independence
Day function on August 15 here at Mahatma Gandhi Marg (MGM) while dress
rehearsal kicked off on Wednesday with hundreds of school and college students
marching down the MG Marg.

Director General of Police Sanjeev Marik, ADG Intelligence Sunil
Roy and Twin City Police Commissioner Dr RP Sharma reviewed the final rehearsal,
which was conducted on Wednesday, in which 58 teams took part. Besides the
student cadets, jawans of the Central Industrial Security Force, Central
Reserve Police Force, Railway Protection Force, 120 Infantry Battalion
Territorial Army, Home Guards, traffic police and volunteers of several
organisations participated in the drill and presented a colourful parade.

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