Delhi Police on Thursday conducted a series of mock drills in south Delhi to check the alertness of the security forces ahead of Republic Day.
Amid a high alert situation, security across the national capital has been stepped up.
The two mock drills were conducted at Hauz Khas village and Khan Market between 5 pm and 7 pm jointly by Delhi police and NSG, said a senior official.
Bomb disposal squads, quick response teams, emergency response vehicles, dog squads, fire tenders, ambulances etc. were kept in loop during the exercise, whose prime objective was to check the alertness of the security forces amid a high alert situation, the official said.
The Delhi Police have a list of hundreds of vital installations that need protection. According to experts, barring a few buildings such as Parliament, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan , most installations in the city are vulnerable to terror attacks.
As many as 71 high-rise buildings in the vicinity of Rajpath will be shut down either partially or completely on or before January 25 in view of Republic Day celebrations where French President Francois Hollande will be the chief guest.
The decision to increase the number of buildings to be sanitised was taken in view of security reasons and because threat perception is high this year, especially after the terror strike in Paris, according to a senior Delhi Police officer.
Extra paramilitary forces were deployed in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, where the French consulate received a letter warning against its president’s presence at India’s Republic Day celebrations.
The French consulate in Bengaluru on Thursday received an “intimidating” letter demanding that President Francois Hollande cancel his upcoming visit to India.
Home minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi police officials said they have reviewed security arrangements for the parade, including positioning army sharpshooters on rooftops near the parade route and clearing buildings and roads.