Over 5 lakh expected at Vajpayee’s funeral

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi paying tributes to former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vaajpayee, in New Delhi on August 16, 2018.

Delhi Police is expecting that over five lakh people will participate in the yatra before the last rites of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. They include VVIPs, politicians and dignitaries, at the BJP party office as well as the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal near Rajghat.

More than 20 companies of the DAP and hundreds of paramilitary personnel will be guarding the cremation ground. Delhi traffic police have closed 25 arterial roads, starting 8 am. These include Krishna Menon Marg, Tughlak Road, Akbar Road, Mansingh Road, part of KG Marg, Shahjahan Road, DDU Marg, and the stretch between Rajghat to Delhi Gate.

The national capital, New Delhi is said to be has The has not prepared for a funeral of this scale in 27 years. The last time arrangements of this scale were made was in 1991, when former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. Delhi police have closed 25 arterial roads and are putting up CCTVs on the stretch.

Over 2,000 Delhi Armed Police (DAP) and paramilitary police, along with force from three districts — Central, North, and New Delhi — will be on the ground to make sure that the funeral of former Prime Minister is conducted smoothly.

The police advised people to keep track of the Delhi traffic police Twitter and Facebook pages, where traffic updates will be posted. Police are putting up CCTVs on the stretch, with work underway since Thursday evening. Local police will be deployed at every intersection, apart from gunmen and snipers.

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