Security has been beefed up at airports, railway stations and bus stands across Jharkhand ahead of Independence Day, police said on Tuesday, adding that sufficient forces have been deployed in urban and rural areas of the State to maintain law and order and avert any mishap.
The security at Jharkhand’s largest airport, Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi was intensified earlier this week following directions from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The MHA had asked all States, including Jharkhand, to strengthen the security at airports soon after the revoking of Article 370 and 35a in Jammu & Kashmir.
While foolproof security arrangements have been made to keep the cities safe on August 15, the strength of security forces in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) hit Jharkhand hinterland has also been increased, police said. According to figures with MHA, at least 18 of 24 districts in Jharkhand are LWE-affected. Apart from the CPI (Maoist), around 17 splinter outfits are active here and are in the lookout for opportunities to make their presence felt on important days.
“Policemen are always supposed to be on alert. But we maintain extra vigil and surveillance on important days. The security has been beefed up across Jharkhand to ensure that all the citizens can celebrate Independence Day safely and without any fear,” said Inspector General Ashish Batra, the Spokesperson of Jharkhand Police.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das will unfurl the national flag at Morhabadi Ground on Thursday in presence of various public representatives, bureaucrats and other VIPs. Foolproof arrangements have been made at and around the ground to ensure a peaceful and smooth Independence Day celebration, police said. Metal detectors will be installed at all the entry and exit points on the ground. Besides, armed policemen will be deployed in and around the ground and other important parts of the city to maintain law and order.
The District Administration in Ranchi has also charted out new traffic routes to ensure smooth flow of traffic on Independence Day here. City’s Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Harilal Chouhan said that the arrangements have been made to make sure that traffic congestion does not occur in any important road around Morhabadi on Thursday.
Besides, patrolling vehicles will move around the city and keep a watch on important points. Malls, colleges, schools and important Government buildings will also be under surveillance on Thursday, Choudhan added.