Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Director General of Police, Abhay took stock of the security arrangements near and around the Odisha Legislative Assembly (OLA) in Bhubaneswar ahead of the month-long winter session of the Legislature scheduled to begin from December 1 (Wednesday).

Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissioner of Police Soumendra Priyadarshi was also present with the DGP during the preparedness review.

The Police have put in place a three tier security arrangement for the Assembly -- outer and inner periphery and inside of the Assembly. While the security of the inside of the Assembly will be looked after by the Special branch of Odisha Police, the Commissionerate Police has been entrusted with the responsibility of the security of the two other tiers, informs Priyadarshi.

“As far as the traffic control is concerned, we have set up five control rooms to monitor the VVIP movement as well as that of the common man. We have also deployed Quick Action Team and STU which will work in coordination with the Traffic DCP,” informed Priyadarshi.

On Police force deployment, Priyadarshi further said that as many as 30 platoons of Police force, six Additional SPs, 11 ACPs, 13 Inspectors and 62 officers have been roped in to secure the Assembly during the winter session.

Apart from that, special arrangements have been made to thwart attempts of self immolation and other stage protests near the Assembly which often hog limelight during Assembly sessions.

“We have sensitised the SPs of all districts to monitor the people coming to Bhubaneswar in a bid to self immolate in front of the Assembly. We have asked the Intelligence to step up vigilance and scanner on the dharna site near the Assembly,” he added.

Meanwhile, the political atmosphere in the State is already heating up with the ruling and the Opposition flanks raring to go all guns blazing against each other over law and order, price rise, Mamita Meher murder case. Political observers argue that the session might see an extremely stormy weather.