High alert in TN ahead of PM’s visit

High alert in TN ahead of PM’s visit

Dindigul (Tamil Nadu):  A blanket security cover has been thrown over the southern district of Dindigul and along the coastline of Tamil Nadu in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Gandhigram Rural Institute (GRI) here to take part in its 36th convocation ceremony on Friday.
Official sources said the Prime Minister was expected to land at Madurai airport at around 3.30 pm and then fly by a helicopter to GRI. He will attend the convocation along with Chief Minister M K Stalin and Governor R N Ravi.
More than 2,300 students from the 2018-19 and 2019-20 batches will receive their degrees during the ceremony.
Later, Modi will fly back to Madurai and leave for New Delhi at around 6 pm.
The Madurai-Dindigul highway has been brought under tight police security to provide alternate mode of travel for the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, Dindigul Collector S Visakan said some areas including Chinnalapatti, Gandhigram, Ambathurai, Ammainaickanur and Sembatti have been declared as protected zone and flying drones and other unmanned vehicles has been banned from Thursday morning till 10 pm on Friday.
Madurai Commissioner of Police T.Senthil Kumar said the Madurai airport has been brought under a three-tier security. Flying drones has been banned.
Villagers around the airport have been asked not to burst any aerial crackers and also not to burn anything that would lead to emission of smoke. The public have been asked to alert the police if any person is seen moving in a suspicious manner.
The Indian maritime forces have also intensified surveillance along the south-eastern coast in view of its close proximity with Sri Lanka.
The fleet of the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard were pressed into service round the clock to keep a vigil at more than 20 landing points along the entire coastline.
UNI

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