Cops on toes for OJM rally
Bhubaneswar: Security has been tightened in and around the state capital for the suspended BJD leader Pyari Mohapatra led Odisha Jana Morcha’s (OJM) rally to be held today at the Lower PMG square here.
According to police sources a three layer barricade system has been arranged at the rally venue to avoid any possible untoward situation. Keeping surging crowd in view, Commissionerate police has decided to deploy at least 45 platoons of force at different vulnerable points of the city. At least 20 Deputy Superintendent of police, 40 inspectors and 100 sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors have been pressed in to service.
Two makeshift dias have been erected at venue to keep a strict vigil on the activities of the OJM activists. Moreover, all the vehicles heading towards Lower PMG would be checked thoroughly at all entry points of the capital. Police check-posts have been made at Phulnakhara, Uttara and Gangapada toll gate square where all two and four wheelers vehicles would be examined before proceeding. Any vehicles carrying weapons, lathis would not be allowed to move forward, police sources said.
Similarly, water canon and tear gas shells have been kept ready to face any possible waywardness of the workers.
On the other hand, Biju Jananta Dal has declared such rally unconstitutional. Talking to reporters Panchayati Raj Minister Kalpataru Das said all the leaders, workers and supporters have been asked to stay away from the rally as it is not a part of the ruling party. Das also dubbed OJM as a B team of Congress and Pyari as an agent of the opposition party.