This year, it’s expected that there would be no traffic snarls in the areas bordering Delhi, owing to security checks by police forces when the nation celebrates its 61st Republic Day.
At an inter-state meet of police representatives from Delhi and four other states, including Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, it was decided that vehicles entering the city would be subjected to ‘random checks’.
“The checking of each and every vehicle entering the city on Republic Day is not mandatory. It was decided that we would go for random checks,” said a senior police officer who attended the meeting.
“A huge jam follows disrupting the flow of vehicles for several hours,” he added.
“The issue of the three Pakistani detainees who escaped on January 1 was also discussed,” said the officer further. “The state police representatives were requested to share any kind of information about the Pakistanis, if available with them,” he added.
Photographs of all the three absconders have been sent to the neighbouring states to facilitate inflow of information about them.
The meeting was convened at the police headquarters and was attended by police representatives from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir.
It was also decided that any phone call regarding security arrangements on Republic Day on the helpline of any state police would be shared.
The entry points at borders are sealed for entry of any kind of vehicles 24 hours before the function starts.
Mobile hit squads, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters of the elite National Ssecurity Guard (NSG) will be deployed at various locations, while paramilitary and Delhi Police commandos will keep a tight vigil along the route of the parade, police said.