Himansu Shekhar Rout

The Budget session of the Odisha Assembly will start on February 5 and continue till February 13. For smooth and peaceful conduct of the session, the Commissionerate Police has made elaborate security arrangements outside the Assembly and in the areas nearby in Bhubaneswar. 

As per reports, a three-tier security has been put in place around the Assembly. As many as 28 platoons of police force, SOG, striking force, bomb diffusing squad, quick action teams, dog squads and fire service personnel will be deployed. 

CCTVs have been installed around the Assembly, at Lower PMG, Rabindra Mandap and nearby areas to keep a sharp vigil on suspects and demonstrators during the Assembly session. 

Besides, five makeshift police control rooms have been opened while eight DSPs, 16 ACPs and over 100 police personnel led by DCP Prateek Singh will be deployed.  

To ensure a smooth flow of traffic, five routes connected to the Assembly have been diverted, sources said.
Speaking to the media, DGP Arun Sarangi said, ”Like in previous years, we have made adequate security arrangements for the Assembly session. 20 platoons of police force have been deployed. Six ADCPs, 113 officers starting from the inspectors to the ASIs, 200 constables and havildars of different ranks will be deployed.”

He added that quick action teams will be stationed at about 14-15 locations in the city. “We have two special tactical units. We have teams of bomb disposal and anti-sabotage. Checking will be intensified. We have plans for traffic diversion. Police are ready to deal with situations possibly to arise out of demonstrations,” he added.