Hitesh Chavda,Rajpipla: Only five thousand people would be able to attend the inauguration ceremony of the world’s tallest statue, the ‘Statue of Unity’ on Wednesday in Kevadiya Colony. The security at the venue has been beefed on the eve of the function, where only those who have the invitation issued by the state government can get entry into the venue.

Though it is being said that the reason behind allowing only those holding passes to enter the inauguration venue is the security of the Prime Minister and the VIPs attending the event, sources tell us that it also a move to quell the possibility of a protest breaking out, as warned by the aggrieved by the Adivasi community.

Journalists, who had arrived at Bharuch from New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Vadodara to cover the event, were seen jostling for passes at the Bharuch collector’s office.

The irony is such that one hand, the government says it is an event where the prime minister will inaugurate and dedicate the massive statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to the nation and its people, no commoners would be allowed to attend this event and only VIPs or those who have the entry pass given by the government would be a part of it.

Earlier today, the police had detained several workers of the Bharatiya Tribal Party, who were protesting against the Statue of Unity, claiming that the government had encroached upon their land to build it.