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Tight security across the country for R-Day

Security was tightened across the country on the eve of the 57th Republic Day celebrations in the light of terror attacks at some places.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 19:59 IST
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Security was tightened across the country on the eve of the 57th Republic Day celebrations in the light of terror attacks at some places.

Extra guards were deployed at vital installations across the country.

The national capital, centre of Republic Day celebration, has been put on high alert and National Security Guards and ITPB commandos are maintaining close vigil along the parade route, which stretches from Vijay Chowk to Red Fort.

Helicopters will also be used for air patrol along the route, especially at the VIP enclosure from where President APJ Abdul Kalam will inspect the Republic Day Parade tomorrow, where Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud is the chief guest.

Security has been beefed up in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-Eastern states, particularly Assam, which was the scene, a spate of bomb attacks by proscribed ULFA militants.

A security blanket has been thrown all over Srinagar particularly in areas near the Bakshi Stadium, the main venue of the Republic Day function, where Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will take the salute for the first time.

Paramilitary forces have been deployed at important places across the country and adjoining areas as intelligence agencies warned of increased terrorist activity around Republic Day.

"We do not want to take any chance. The strategy is vigilance, surveillance and specific security measures," highly placed sources said.

Assam government has enhanced security in the state and sealed its international borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh in the wake of stepped up violence by ULFA.