Kolkata:  Regarding party president Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata on 11 August, the state unit of BJP has requested the city police to grant permission in order to use a drone for mass surveillance.

Our sources have reported that the reason behind the appeal from the state unit of BJP regarding the drone is to provide security to the party president Amit Shah. The saffron party has become cautious after a tent collapsed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Midnapore rally in June. The party people have also requested the use of walkie-talkies during Saturday’s rally, our sources added.

As per news sources, more than 90 people were injured on 16 June during Prime Minister Modi’s speech when a tent collapsed at a public rally in West Bengal’s Midnapore. “We have applied for permission from the Kolkata Police for using one drone during Amit Shahji’s rally on Saturday. Drones will help us in keeping an eye on the proceedings in and around the rally area. This is merely for security reasons. We have also sought permission for walkie-talkies for the Saturday rally as it would help in keeping a tab on the ground situation,” West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh told media on Wednesday.

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that the step has been taken by the party members in order to avoid such kind of unwanted events during the rally and to provide security to the party president.

On this, A senior officer of Kolkata Police said that on the request which has been made by the BJP the police has to make a decision about the same and a detailed report with reasons on paper is required before the police department can allow the usage of drone in the city.

 The police officer also said that regarding the rally the police department will provide foolproof security arrangements for the party president and political leader Amit Shah. He further added that there will be two daises at the rally venue on Mayo road, in the heart of the city.

“One will be for Shah and senior leaders of the party while the second one will be for other functionaries. We are taking all forms of security measures for it,” he stressed.