The country was today brought under a thick blanket of security with sharpshooters deployed around key installations, including nuclear power plants, in the run up to the Independence Day.
More than 10,000 police personnel were deployed at the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will unfurl the tricolour and address the nation from its ramparts tomorrow. Sharp shooters took up positions around buildings near the Red Fort as well as on the roads leading to it.
Delhi was declared a no-fly zone for four hours from 5 AM tomorrow and anti-aircraft guns mounted at different points to thwart any possible aerial attacks.
Amidst reports that nuclear power plants might be the terrorists' targets, the Army, which has taken effective control of security at two atomic power units at Kalpakkam, imposed curfew in and around the township and two ships of the Navy have been positioned in the seas off Kalpakkam.
Commandos of elite National Security Guards have been deployed around the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai.
In Jammua and Kashmir, tight security was in place around most vital installations particularly near Bakshi Stadium, the venue of main Independence Day function, with roads around it out of bounds for civilians and patrolling intensified following inputs about militants planning a major strike. Security was tightened in northeastern states where several militant outfits have given a call for general strikes, road blockade and boycott of Independence Day celebrations.