People wearing dark coloured caps and mufflers were denied entry or asked to leave their woolens behind before entering the Republic Day parade enclosures on Rajpath on Monday.
Delhi police sources said they had received information about a possible Maoist disruption during the function; and thus a close watch was kept on those who looked suspicious. As people were not allowed to enter the parade venue with caps and mufflers, a pile of woollens was collected at the entry gates.
“If people do not come back to collect their items, we will distribute them to the homeless,” a senior police officer said.
Sources said police officials started lining up at the outside gates from as early as 3am. However, this led to many enclosures denying entry to even pass holders much before the closing time.
Hundreds of such visitors were forced to stand outside the venue till the programme got over, as all exit routes were sealed soon after the parade started at 10am. Around 2,000 security personnel were deployed at the main stage, where chief guest US President Barack Obama, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were seated.
Another batch comprising 500 police officials were stationed around the entire route of the procession.