Tight security for Modi visit in TN

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Chennai, Jan 13: Unprecedented security arrangements have been made in the city in view of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's visit tomorrow, despite opposition from various Muslim outfits, and the Centre has sent an advisory asking the Chennai City Police (CCP) to be on high alert during his visit.

The 'advisory' was sent by the Union Home Ministry, which police sources described as a 'usual thing' ahead of the visit of VVIPs.

The Union Home Ministry and top officials of the Central Intelligence agency responsible for internal security and Intelligence Bureau (IB) have asked the CCP) to be on high alert and maintain extra vigil till Mr Modi's visit was over.

Police sources said a comprehensive review of security has been made today and the situation would be assessed against after the arrival of Mr Modi tomorrow.

''If needed, prohibitory orders Under Section 144 will be clamped in some select locations in the city'', the sources said.

This will be Mr Modi's first visit to Chennai after becoming the Gujarat Chief Minister for a record third consecutive term.

''The entire route that will be taken by the Gujarat Chief Minister in the city will be 'sterilised' and will strictly be 'under the wraps.''

Stating that all the requirements of the security protocol would be adhered to, the sources said only a small group of BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders, besides protocol officials of the State Government, would be allowed to receive Mr Modi at the airport. The overall security had been tightened in the city and five platoons of State Armed Reserve police have been kept in a state of readiness to meet any eventuality.

He would visit Kamarajar Arangam to participate in a function organised by political Tamil weekly ''Thuglaq'' and also have a luncheon meeting with AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa at her Poes Garden residence.

As muslim outfits and Anti Fascist Front (AAF), a conglomeration of 12 organisations, including Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Periyar Dravida Kazhagam, Minorities Federation and People's Union for Human Rights, threatened various forms of agitations including Black Flag protests, the venue of Mr Modi's visit and the RSS office at Chetpet, the Hindu Munnani office at Chintadripet, and BJP Headquarters Kamalalayalam in T Nagar were brought under security scanner.

''Maximum vigil'' will be in place right from the arrival of Mr Modi, till he leaves the city, the sources added.

Meanwhile, more than 200 activists belonging to various organisations, including VCK workers and MLA Selva Perunthagai, and those from Periyar Dravida Kazhaam and Manitha Needhi Paasarai were arrested while attempting to stage a demonstration defying police orders to condemn Mr Modi's visit.

The activists were arrested when they assembled in front of the Memorial Hall to stage a demonstration.

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