Five hundred and fifty trained volunteers, drones, four volunteer camps and eight ambulances will be pressed in by the BJP to prevent any untoward event during party president Amit Shah’s Kolkata rally on August 11.
The party has also taken steps for a special scrutiny of the stage — from where the leader will address the people — to prevent a Midnapore re-run. At least 90 people were injured as a makeshift tent on Midnapore college ground had caved in during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally on July 16.
State BJP leaders will also meet the Kolkata Police officials on Thursday to chalk out security details for the grand rally on Mayo Road of the state capital, where Shah is likely to take on the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress over Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The ruling party in West Bengal has criticised the BJP-led central government over the NRC after nearly 40 lakh people were left out of the final draft.
“Over 500 trained volunteers would be present during the public meeting to control the crowd. We are also taking other measures…No stones are being left unturned for the security of the rally. During the recent rally in Midnapore there was a mishap. On our part, we don’t want to take chances,” BJP’s State Secretary Sayantan Basu told The Indian Express.
He said that over two lakh people were expected to attend the rally from Kolkata and adjoin...