GUWAHATI, March 29 - With President Pranab Mukherjee and His Holiness the Dalai Lama visiting Guwahati, the entire city has been placed under a multi-layer security system and additional forces have been brought from other parts of the State to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during the visit of the VVIPs.
Security forces are using a drone for surveillance in and around the main venue of the Namami Brahmaputra festival, besides the river, official sources said, adding, over five companies of security personnel, including paramilitary, are being deployed to ensure smooth conduct of the festival programmes. An anti-sabotage team from the Indian Army has been also deployed, sources added.
Meanwhile, City Police Commissioner HC Nath told The Assam Tribune that they have not received any specific input about possibility of anyone attempting to create trouble during the visit of the President and the Dalai Lama. �But we are not taking any chance and adequate precautionary measures have been taken,� he added.
Nath said that police personnel in civvies have been deployed all over the city, particularly in the venues where the President and the Dalai Lama will address public functions. He said that patrolling on the river Brahmaputra has also been intensified.
However, the City Police Commissioner admitted that despite best efforts made by the police, the possibility of traffic congestion in some roads of the city cannot be ruled out and requested the citizens to use alternative routes to go to the airport, if possible.
The President of India will inaugurate the Namami Brahmaputra festival on March 31, while the Dalai Lama is scheduled to arrive in the city on April 1. On that day, he will deliver a talk on �A Human Approach to World Peace� in a function to be held at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts, Machkhowa to celebrate the concluding function of the platinum jubilee celebration of The Assam Tribune and golden jubilee of Dainik Asam.
The Dalai Lama will also address a function in Gauhati University on April 2 and on the same day, he is scheduled to attend the Namami Brahmaputra festival.