Tight security for Ghulam Ali’s concert

Kozhikode: More than 600 police personnel will be in place as party of elaborate security setup for Pakistan ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali's concert in Kozhikode later today in view of Shiv Sena's threat to disrupt the concert in the wake of the Pathankot terror strike.


"More than 600 police personnel led by Assistant Commissioners and Superintendents of Police from nearby districts will be deployed for smooth conduct of the Ghazal concert," Assistant Commissioner of Police (Special Branch), P T Balan said.


The ACP said Ghulam Ali would be accompanied to the venue later this evening by commandos in two vehicles, his personal escorts in one vehicle, besides a pilot vehicle. Those entering the venue would be frisked and no handbags or other items would be allowed inside, he said.


Balan said police would block the protest march planned at the venue by Shiv Sena and Hanuman Sena volunteers by blocking them about 600 metres away from the spot. Ghulam Ali is in Kerala on the invitation of socio-cultural organisation 'Swaralaya'.