Ahead of Independence Day, the Delhi Police have stepped up security in the Capital. But the police say they have no information about specific targets that the terrorist organistions might be eyeing. “There are no specific targets, but we have to be alert and guard against all possibilities,” said SBS Deol, Special Commissioner of Police, Operations.
“We are taking the Al Qaida CD, threatening to target Delhi, very seriously. We have deployed extra force and are keeping a strong vigil,” said a senior police officer. This year, the police will deploy more force as compared to previous years. There will be more than 10,000 security personnel around the Red Fort and 37 companies to guard the entire area.
The police have also deployed their sharpshooters at strategic locations in the Capital. Commandos from the paramilitary forces are also assisting the Delhi police. The police have tightened security in the Walled City, the high security zone of New Delhi, the Parliament House, airport, ISBT, Metro stations, market places and places of religious worship. The police are also keeping a strong vigil on transport centres, taxi stands and guesthouses. The police are also taking air defence measures. The air space around Red Fort has been designated a “no-fly zone”.
Netaji Subhash Marg, Lothian Road, S.P Mukherjee Marg, Chandni Chowk, New Daryaganj and Link Road will be closed for the general traffic on August 15 from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed on Ring Road from 5 p.m. on August 14 to 11 a.m. on August 15. City buses will have to avoid Ring Road from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on August 15. Inter-state buses will not be allowed to ply between Maharana Pratap and the Sarai Kale Khan ISBT from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on August 15. The traffic police has advised people to avoid Tilak Marg, Mathura Road, Bhadur Shah Zafar Marg, Subhash Mar, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg and Ring Road between Nizamuddin Bridge and ISBT Bridge.
I-Day celebrations in Parliament
Acclaimed lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar will recite a poem composed specially for the 60th Independence Day celebrations in Central Hall of Parliament on August 15. The Hindi poem, titled 15 August, has been written at the behest of Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, and will be recited in the presence of the President, PM and MPs at a special evening function. The English translation of the poem will be then recited by actress Shabana Azmi, followed by Pandit Jasraj’s rendition of a song composed by Akhtar, titled Aadhi Raat Ka Suraj. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan will accompany Pandit Jasraj.