Security blanket for Republic Day
The city will turn into a fortress from Monday evening before the 60th Republic Day celebrations start in the Capital.delhi Updated: Jan 24, 2010 22:58 IST
The city will turn into a fortress from Monday evening before the 60th Republic Day celebrations start in the Capital.
Intelligence inputs about LeT acquiring over 50 para-gliding equipment that could be used to launch an air attack has unnerved Delhi Police who are not ready to leave anything to chance.
A ground-to-air security apparatus will be put in place for the celebrations, while over 15,000 security personnel will keep a tight watch between Vijay Chowk and Red Fort, the eight-kilometer long route through which the parade would pass.
Elaborate traffic arrangements have also been made for Tuesday.
Vehicles will not be allowed to enter the parade route while Metro services will be curtailed.
Mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters of the National Security Guards will be deployed at various places
while paramilitary and Delhi Police commandos will keep a close watch along the parade route.
Snipers will be deployed at high-rise buildings while a total of 105 CCTVs have been installed to keep a vigil on people's movement between Rajpath and Red Fort.
“A special emphasis is being laid on anti-sabotage checks, access control measures and intelligence coordination. The entire route of the parade will be covered by special security and anti-terror arrangements,” said one of the senior police officers overseeing the security measures being taken. “Elaborate air defence measures, including deployment of anti-aircraft guns, have also been taken to check possible intrusion of air space.”
Besides, helicopters of the Indian Air Force will hover over areas around Rajpath and all along the route of the parade.
Patrolling in crowded market areas has been intensified and checking and frisking in metro, railway stations and bus
terminals have been tightened. Security at the IGI Airport was also strengthened in coordination with the CISF.