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Modi’s visit to Chennai keeps criminals at home

Author: A Selvaraj
Publication: The Times of India
Date: February 8, 2014
URL: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2014-02-08/chennai/47148057_1_chain-snatching-vandalur-crime-rate

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's scheduled visit to the city on Saturday seems to have done some good. The increased police presence on city roads ahead of the high-profile visit has brought down the crime rate. No case of robbery or chain snatching has been reported since Thursday.

 The Gujarat chief minister is scheduled to address a public meeting at Vandalur, about 25km from here, on Saturday, but police teams have been on patrol duty round-the-clock since Wednesday after an 'alert' from Intelligence Bureau officials of a possible attack on Modi during his visit to the city. The heightened security, police sources said, has resulted in regular criminals keeping off the streets probably due to the fear of being nabbed.

All precautions have been taken with regard to providing security for Modi. More than 5,000 police personnel have been deployed at various places across the city as well as at the venue of the meeting.

 A five-tier security ring has been thrown around the venue. Security has been tightened along the route from Vandalur to a hotel in Guindy where Modi is expected to stay during his visit. The hotel, too, has been fortified. There is a possibility that Modi will meet business people at a formal meeting at the hotel and there are rumours that he may also hold discussions with leaders of some political parties about alliances for the coming parliamentary elections.

Before the enhanced security arrangements, the crime rate was high, said police officers adding that almost eight cases of chain snatching were reported in the city in a single day at the end of January. Of these, at least half-a-dozen cases were reported in Anna Nagar police district alone. Police then strengthened the security around Anna Nagar. Every day, an average of 20 crimes are reported from the city and its suburbs, police said.
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