The precautionary police measures made for the YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy since Friday in connection with the CBI quizzing him surpassed the presidential visit or the security made for the US President George Bush in 2006.
Nearly 1,000 policemen of various categories have been deployed and the police closed roads from Khairatabad to Raj Bhavan Road and from Somajiguda to Khairatabad, diverting thousands of commuters to other routes. This closure on arterial roads led to traffic snarls in Punjagutta, one of the busiest roads during peak hours.
Consequently, all parallel alleys too witnessed gridlock for hours. The situation continued on Saturday too as Jagan’s deposition continued.
Joint commissioner of police administration, Mahesh Murlidhar Bhagwat and joint commissioner of police (security) Kumara Vishwajeet Pradhan, justified the bandobast saying the police had intelligence input of possible trouble. Interestingly, the commissioner was making frequent trips to the CBI court in Nampally.
Not just commuters, shopkeepers also had little business as the traffic did not allow people to stop and shop. “They take the easy route of closing down the roads. Why don’t they devise a way so that people and business are not troubled and security is foolproof,” asked a shoe merchant in Punjagutta.
The lineup for Jagan
Rapid Action Force: 2 companies
AP Special Police: 2 companies
Quick Reaction Team: 3 platoons
Reserve Police: 2 platoons
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