Delhi being put under tight security ahead of I-day
Ahead of the Independence Day celebrations, an impregnable ground-to-air security apparatus is being put in place in the national capital to pre-empt any terror strike.
New Delhi: Ahead of the Independence Day
celebrations, an impregnable ground-to-air security apparatus
is being put in place in the national capital to pre-empt any
Thousands of personnel of Delhi Police and paramilitary
forces are being deployed in and around the city, especially
near Red Fort from where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will
unfurl the tri-colour and address the nation.
The Union Home Ministry has already issued a country-wide
alert asking states to tighten security in sensitive locations
and installations to thwart any attempt of terror strike.
"We are deploying personnel in abundance. We are not
taking any chance," a senior police official said.
Around 40 CCTVs will be installed in and around Red Fort
to ensure an incident-free celebrations while sharpshooters of
the NSG will be deployed on the high-rises near the 17th
century Mughal monument.
Agencies are constantly reviewing arrangements at the
Red Fort and are in the process of zeroing in on the `safe
houses` to where the Prime Minister and other leaders should
be taken to in case of a terrorist strike.
According to a senior police official, the localities
around Red Fort have been sanitised and informers have been
deployed to keep a check on any movement of anti-national
elements. Specialised units like Quick Reaction Teams, SWAT
and Vajra are being deployed, the official said.
An intense vigil will also be maintained on key
installations like Parliament complex, international airport,
railway stations, inter-state bus terminals and Metro
Besides patrolling of the skies by helicopters, an air
defence mechanism will also be put in place around the venue
to thwart any terror attacks.
Delhi Police is also intensifying checking at all the
border points, the official said adding they may also deploy
spotters from other states to identify miscreants.
Police have also asked operators of guesthouses, cyber
cafes, telephone booths and taxi services to keep a watch on
their customers and report about suspicious people.
Instructions will be issued to the operators to keep a
register of their customers and do not allow them to use their
facilities without proper identification.
While owners of guesthouses and cyber cafes have been
asked to install CCTVs, telephone booth operators were
instructed to keep a separate register of those making local,
STD and ISD calls, the official said.
Owners of guesthouses and hotels will also be asked not
to allow their guests to use hotel address for getting a
mobile connection, the official said.