Tension continues in city: Police intensify vehicle searches till wee hours

COIMBATORE, Nov. 11

The city police carried out vehicle checks at various places of the city till the wee hours today. Acting under the orders of Mr Sumit Charan, Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore city, a team of policemen, headed by deputy police commissioner Balaji Saravanan, carried out vehicle checks right from dusk to dawn today at Gandhipuram central bus stand, new flyover at Gandhipuram, Avinashi road junction, Ukkadam bus stand, Kuniamuthur, north Coimbatore flyover, Sathyamangalam road and Mettupalayam road besides all the check posts on the outskirts of the city.

All the incoming vehicles were stopped at the entry points to the city and they were thoroughly searched by policemen. Details of persons travelling by the vehicles, their origin and place of destination were also collected by the police.

In view of the tense situation prevailing in the city the police have deployed Vajra canon vehicle at important places, where the public converge in large numbers, to disperse unruly mobs. Coimbatore is one of the most communally sensitive areas in Tamil Nadu.

The DGP held discussions with West Zone IG K Periaiah , Coimbatore City Police Commissioner Sumit Saran, DIG Karthikeyan and other officers on beefing up security to prevent any untoward incidents here and in other districts.

Police have also prohibited protests in Coimbatore city and rural areas to prevent any law and order situation. Apart from the Ayodhya issue, the DGP also discussed security measures to prevent infiltration of Maoists into Tamil Nadu from Kerala.

This issue assumes significance in the wake of Kerala police gunning down four Maoists in a gun battle in the neighbouring state.  The DGP instructed police officers to maintain heightened vigil along Tamil Nadu-Kerala border areas to prevent movement of extremists. The gunning to death of Maoists in an encounter with the Kerala police also. One of the Maoists was caught with injuries.

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