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Fort City | Security to stay in Delhi

The celebrations take place amid tight security after threat of terror attack.

india Updated: Aug 16, 2006 02:47 IST

Independence Day may have passed off peacefully, but Delhi cannot afford to relax just yet. The persisting terror threat has ensured that intense security will continue in the Capital till at least after Janmashtami on Wednesday.

Barricades will remain all over the city and Delhi Metro and railway stations will witness a heavy police presence.

Additional CP Deepender Pathak hoped Delhiites would cooperate with the police, as they did on Tuesday, when all roads to Red Fort were heavily barricaded and vehicles checked at many points.

A 10,000-strong security force guarded the fort, with Quick Reaction Teams, Delhi Police commandos, and ITBP and NSG personnel manning strategic locations.

Visitors were frisked at various points as IAF helicopters hovering over the fort and sharpshooters atop around 500 buildings in the vicinity kept vigil.

The parking restrictions at Metro and railway stations were lifted at noon.

“The additional forces at Metro and railway stations will remain till Janmashtami. We'll review the security situation on Wednesday evening," said RK Jha, additional DCP (railways).

“Eatables and liquids aren't banned on Metro trains but will be scrutinised. Liquids pose less of a threat on a Metro train than in an aircraft," he said.

First Published: Aug 16, 2006 00:00 IST