Five-tier security for Amit Shah’s visit to Chennai

Chennai: Chennai will come under tight security as Union Home Minister Amit Shah is attending a function here tomorrow to release a book chronicling two years in the office of the Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

This is his first visit to the State after he assumed office as Home Minister. The event assumes significance as it will be Amit Shah’s first public event after the Article 370 was annulled and Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh were bifurcated as Union Territories.

The event will take place at Kamaraj Arangam (10 am). Tight security has been deployed along the route and venue. A police source said, “A five-tier security is in place at the venue from this morning. Around 500 police personnel consisting of local police, Special Forces and Reserve police will be deployed at the airport, the route and at the venue.”

Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam will be attending the event.

The function is hosted by Union Minister of Environment & Forests & Climate Change and Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar. Titled ‘Listening, Learning & Leading’, the book captures a few glimpses of the Vice President’s 330 public engagements in all the States and Union Territories of our country during the last two years.

Crisscrossing the length and breadth of our vast country, the Vice President has delivered 61 convocation addresses, interacted with students on 35 occasions, visited 97 scientific and technological research institutions and delivered 25 special lectures.

The book contains Venkaiah Naidu’s important diplomatic engagements including his visits to 19 countries in 4 continents. He was the first Indian Vice President to visit Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Malta. The book will showcase his achievements as Rajya Sabha chairman and his initiatives to enhance effectiveness, and promote the efficiency of Rajya Sabha, a press release here said.

NT Bureau