Modi's swearing-in: 10,000 personnel to secure venue

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 26, 2014 09:23 IST

Delhi Police, acting on threat inputs received by the country’s intelligence agencies, have put in place a five-layer security ring around Narendra Modi’s swearing-in as the 15th Prime Minister of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday.

Delhi police have also imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in New Delhi district for the next 60 days. The swearing-in ceremony will be witnessed by nearly 4,000 invitees, which will include heads of state and government of SAARC nations.

Around 10,000 security personnel — drawn from Delhi police, paramilitary and NSG commandos — will form the five-layer security ring and will keep a hawk-eye vigil, with a ground-to-air security system, at par with the one placed during the Republic Day parade, also being put in place.

“We have made elaborate security arrangements for the swearing-in ceremony. Prohibitory orders have been put in place in the New Delhi district.

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A complete air defence grid has been put in place. Any aerial activities, including hot air balloons, will not be allowed. We are on guard against any kind of terror act,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Mukesh Kumar Meena.

The Indian Air Force too has installed an air defence system to secure the skies. Anti-aircraft guns have been placed at sensitive locations.

Snipers will be deployed at all high-rise buildings around the high-security area hours before the ceremony begins at 6pm at the forecourt lawn of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Mobile hit teams, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team have been deployed besides paramilitary and Delhi Police commandos to secure the area. Dog squad and bomb-disposal squads have already sanitised the venue but the drill will again be repeated several times on Monday.

NSG commandos will be responsible for the inner layer of security.

All buildings like North Block, South Block and defence buildings around Rashtrapati Bhavan will be shut down by 1pm following which they will be sanitised by security agencies and their roof tops secured.

Senior police officers will be on ground in the command room to monitor the situation in real time, when the actual swearing-in takes place.

Spotters will also be present on several high rise buildings, like Rail Bhavan and Air Force Headquarters, which are close to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

“In the restricted areas, only official vehicles and bonafide residents will be allowed. Commandos and local police will help traffic police. Till the time all invitees leave the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the security blanket will remain operational,” said Meena.

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