New Delhi/ Farukkhabad: Security has been stepped up in Farukkhabad on Wednesday in view of protests planned by Arvind Kejriwal and his associated against alleged irregularities by the trust run by Union Minister Salman Khurshid and his wife.

Congress workers have also announced to lodge their protest against Kejriwal in a democratic manner, sources said.

Police said security has been tightened in the area in the wake of the protests planned by IAC and Congress workers.

"We anticipate trouble. Security has been beefed up. No one will be allowed to take the law into their own hands," a senior police official said.

The inspector general of police (Kanpur) has already held a meeting with district police officials, asking them to be alert to the possibility of disruptive elements slipping into the crowd and fomenting trouble.

Two companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) are being moved into Farrukhabad from Agra to augment the strength of the local police, an official said.

Fears of untoward incidents were heightened as Congress workers and supporters of the external affairs minister also seem to be gearing up for a showdown.

Many Congress workers have begun to wear "Main hoon Salman" caps, aping the "Main hoon Aam Aadmi" caps of IAC activists.

BKU members, who are backing Kejriwal in strength as they see him as coming to their aid as land was being "looted by developers", swear that they will protect Kejriwal and his aides from harm.

Police have instructed the BKU workers not to move around with their traditional 'lathis' (sticks).Superintendent of Police (SP) Farrukhabad N. Chowdhary said that his men were ready for Thursday's event. "Additional forces are here, we're ready," he said.

Police, however, said no ban has been imposed on showing black flags etc., as the right to protest was part of democracy.

Khurshid had dared Kejriwal to stage a protest in his constituency and had said "let him also return from Farrukhabad".

Meanwhile, a force of 1400 farmers armed with lathis has been constituted by the Bharatiya Kisan Union for Kejriwal's security.


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