Security up for Sonia’s West Bengal campaign

April 27th, 2009 - 12:04 am ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi Lalgola (West Bengal), April 26 (IANS) Police have stepped up vigil across West Bengal, particularly in the vicinity of the areas bordering Bangladesh, as Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is slated to address election meetings in border districts Monday.
Gandhi will hold three meetings in the Jangipur, Malda North and Raiganj constituencies - which go to the hustings April 30 - during a day’s visit to the state to canvass support for party candidates.

The Congress chief would kick off with a meeting at Lalgola of Murshidabad district for External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is seeking re-election from Jangipur.

She will then fly off to the northern part of the state and stop at Malda North for a rally in support of party candidate Mouam Benazir Noor before wrapping up her tour at Islampur of North Dinajpur district to campaign for her party’s Raiganj nominee Deepa Dasmunsi - wife of ailing Congress heavyweight Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi.

“We have taken all necessary precautions to prevent any untoward incidents during Sonia Gandhi’s public meetings tomorrow (Monday),” state Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia told IANS.

“Since she will be holding meetings in districts which share borders with Bangladesh, we have made necessary arrangements in the bordering areas,” Kanojia said.

Security has also been stepped up in other border districts of the state.

Murshidabad superintendent of police B.L. Meena said: “We have deployed a huge number of forces including armed police personnel in different areas of the district.”

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