Chennai turns into Castle ahead of Amit Shah's visit; 3,000 cops, bomb squad in place

Chennai turns into Castle ahead of Amit Shah's visit; 3,000 cops, bomb squad in place

With three-tier security in place, Chennai has turned into a fortress ahead of Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to the city in Tamil Nadu on Saturday. Amit Shah, who will land in Chennai at 1:40 pm, is set to address the office-bearers and core committee of the state unit besides some official engagements.

Three additional commissioners, four joint commissioners, 16 deputy commissioners have been deployed for Amit Shah's visit to Chennai. Besides, 3,000 policemen have also been deployed for the Union minister's security. A bomb squad has also been in place.

Amit Shah will land in Chennai at 1:40 pm and to welcome the Union minister, a special tent has been erected inside the airport. From the airport, Amit Shah will go to the Leela Palace. At 4:30 pm, Amit Shah will attend a government function in the city.

Post the government function, Amit Shah will leave for the hotel and at 6:30 pm, the home minister will have a meeting with the party functionaries.

Ex-DMK MP KP Ramalingam, who was suspended from the primary membership of the party, is also expected to join the BJP in Amit Shah's presence.

Ramalingam was suspended from the party by party chief MK Stalin as a disciplinary action in March this year. Ramalingam had expressed his views against Stalin's proposal to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the coronavirus pandemic. In 2014, Ramalingam was suspended from the party for showing his support to MK Alagiri.

Ramalingam was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1996 as a DMK candidate. He was nominated by the DMK to Rajya Sabha in 2010. Before his stint with the DMK, he was an AIADMK MLA between 1980 and 1984.