Guruvayur: The Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple and its premises are under heavy security blanket ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit on Saturday.
Police strictly restricted lodge owners from providing rooms to anyone on Saturday from 6 am to 2 pm. Details and documents of people who took rooms in lodges on Friday were collected by the police.
District collector TV Anupama, Thrissur IG Balram Kumar Upadhyay, ADGP Sheikh Darvesh Sahib and city police commissioner Yathish Chandra reviewed the security arrangements.
Though security restrictions are in place, people will be able to see the Prime Minister from a distance. People will be allowed to stand near the barricades placed at the east gate (Kizhakke Nadappura) near the third Kalyana Mandapam (wedding stage). Barricades are also placed at the south side of Melpathoor auditorium to control the crowd.
Most parts of Guruvayur town is under tight security. Barricades made of steel are placed in various parts of the town. Police closed down the entrance of Guruvayur bus stand with barricades on Friday night. A small space is left to allow one vehicle to enter or exit the bus stand at a time.
Bomb squad and dog squad were engaged in inspections in the town on Friday. More than 1500 police personnel including over 300 officials in the DySP and CI ranks are have been deployed for the Prime Minister’s security here.
Guruvayur devaswom chairman KB Mohandas informed that elaborate arrangements have been made in the temple ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit.
At the same time, city police commissioner asked the Devaswom to carry out every arrangemnet as directed by the Prime Minister’s Special Protection Group (SPG) commandos.