On the occasion of Independence Day, elaborate security arrangements have been made across the city to prevent any kind of attack. Extra security personnel have been deployed at all sensitive places including Metro stations, railway stations, airport and prominent markets, police said.
“Thousands of Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in and around the city, especially near the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address the nation on Independence Day,” said a senior police officer requesting anonymity. Delhi is already on high alert after ministry for home affairs (MHA) issued a fresh security alert.
Around 40 CCTVs have been installed in and around the Red Fort to ensure mishap-free celebrations while sharpshooters of the NSG will be deployed at all high-rises near the fort.
“The localities around Red Fort have been sanitised and informers have been deployed to keep a check on any movement of anti-national elements. Specialised units like Quick Reaction Teams, SWAT and Vajra are being deployed,” the officer further said.
Besides helicopters patrolling the sky, an air defence mechanism will also be put in place around the venue to thwart any terror attacks.
Delhi Police has also intensified checking at all the border points. Weeks before the Independence Day, Delhi Police had started drives and asked operators of guesthouses, cyber cafes, telephone booths and taxi services to keep a watch on their customers and report any suspicious-looking people.
Owners of guesthouses and cyber cafes were asked to install CCTVs while telephone booth operators were instructed to keep separate registers of those making local, STD and ISD calls. Owners of guesthouses and hotels have also been not to allow their guests to use the hotel address to get a mobile phone connection.
A no-fly zone will be put in place around Red Fort for the nearly 90-minute function while the airspace will remain closed for seven hours-from 6am to 10am and from 4pm to 7pm for the Independence Day celebrations. Police have also appealed to the commuters to avoid roads near the Red Fort as only vehicles with passes will be allowed to ply there.