Tight security in Delhi for R-Day
A massive ground-to-air security apparatus will be put in place in the capital for the Republic Day celebrations as intelligence inputs warned of possible suicide strikes by terrorists.
Mobile hit teams; anti-aircraft guns and snipers will be pressed into service while armed paramilitary and Delhi Police commandoes will keep a hawk-like vigil along the route of the R-Day parade and in other sensitive locations.
Security forces are conducting last-minute drills to plug loopholes, if any, barely 48 hours ahead of the Republic Day, which police said is celebrated in a security environment that is under the threat of being vitiated by militants outfits.
"We are giving special emphasis to anti-sabotage checks, access control measures and intelligence coordination. The entire route of the parade will be covered by special security and anti-terror arrangements," a senior police official said.
A multi-layer security ring will be put in place at Rajpath, where President APJ Abdul Kalam will unfurl the tricolour and take the salute of marching contingents, to prevent fidayeen strikes.
Around 15,000 police personnel will be deployed across the capital on January 26 while crack commandoes of the ITBP and Delhi Police will take positions at strategic locations and elite NSG snipers will be stationed at all high-rises along the parade route.
"Elaborate air defence measures, including deployment of anti-aircraft guns, have also been taken to check intrusion of air space. Besides, three helicopters will maintain air surveillance," chief spokesperson of the Delhi Police Dependra Pathak said.