The decision to scale down police forces at Poes Garden comes after MK Stalin had demanded their withdrawal.

On Monday afternoon, roads leading to late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence looked almost the same, with barricades to stop and check people at various points.

But there was one crucial difference: the number of police officers on the roads had considerably reduced. Instead, private security guards in dark blue uniforms were seen at some places.

A police officer on the spot told TNM that the number of police personnel at Poes Garden had been scaled down from Monday.

A private security guard told TNM that on Monday 30 guards would provide security. “There are thirty of us. But we will work in two shifts, 15 in the morning and 15 later.”

However, this journalist noted that Chennai police officials still outnumbered the private security guards.

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