Kolkata, July 20: Trinamool Congress Yuva Morcha will hold Shahid Divas rally on Saturday at Esplanade. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will preside over the event scheduled to be held at 11 AM. Reports suggest over 10 lakh people would be participating in the rally. Also Read - ‘Instead of Preaching in West Bengal, Fix Delhi’s Law And Order First,’ TMC Urges Amit Shah
Shahid Divas, or Martyr’s Day, is celebrated by the TMC every year on July 21, in the memory of thirteen people who were killed in police firing in 1993. Banerjee was then the leader of West Bengal Youth Congress and the Left Front was ruling in West Bengal. Banerjee had launched the ‘Writers Chalo Andolan’ _ a march to the West Bengal Secretariat, demanding that the voters’ identity cards be made the only document to allow people to cast their votes. Police had opened fire at the agitators at this demonstration, killing thirteen. Also Read - TMC Wants Fresh Faces in Rajya Sabha, Prashant Kishor Among Candidates: Reports
Political analysts say Banerjee would use to platform to launch her campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Kolkata Police has chalked out elaborate security arrangements. A total of 6,000 police personnel would be deployed and 40 police pickets have been put in place. Five watch towers have also been set up for round-the-clock monitoring of the crowd and over a 100 CCTV cameras have been installed at various spots. Three Quick Response Teams (QRT), Heavy Radio Flying Squads (HRFS) and four teams of Reserve Force from Kolkata Police will be roaming around the city. Also Read - Kolkata Police 'Dilly-dallying' on Permission For Amit Shah's Rally, Alleges Dilip Ghosh
The roads to avoid on Saturday are Dorina Crossing, Rani Rash Moni Avenue, SN Banerjee Road, Chowringhee Road, JL Nehru Road, Park Street, Central Avenue, Hastings, Queens Way, Babu Ghat and Lenin Sarani.
In Metro trains, as many as 350 Railway Protection Force personnel, including commandos, would be deployed at different stations to avoid any untoward incident amid the rush. An additional 104 security personnel will be posted at 14 Metro stations. The arrangement will be monitored by Kolkata Metro’s assistant security commissioner from the security control room at Metro Rail Bhavan. (Pooja Mehta)