Delhi fortified ahead of R-Day

Around 25,000 security personnel will fan across the national capital in the run-up to the Republic Day celebrations.

New Delhi: Around 25,000 security personnel
will fan across the national capital in the run-up to the
Republic Day celebrations to keep a tight vigil over the city.

Elaborate security and traffic arrangements have been
made for the Republic Day parade on January 26 and its full
dress rehearsal this Monday, Satyendra Garg, Joint
Commissioner of Police (Traffic), told reporters here today.
"All arrangements have been made. 250 companies (25,000
personnel) from paramilitary and other state forces will be
deployed besides Delhi Police personnel," he said.

Last year, around 15,000 personnel were deployed and a
senior police official said the enhanced security presence is
to ensure that no untoward incident take place during the
celebrations. The enhanced security also comes against the
backdrop of terror attack outside the Delhi High Court last
A massive ground-to-air security apparatus has been put
in place for the parade.

Snipers will be deployed at high-rise buildings while
over 160 CCTVs will keep a tight vigil on people`s movement
between Rajpath and Red Fort, the route of the parade which
showcases India`s military might and cultural diversity.

Mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters of
National Security Guards will be deployed at various places
while paramilitary and Delhi Police commandos will keep a
close watch.

A multi-layer security ring has already been put in place
at Rajpath, where President Pratibha Patil will unfurl the
tricolour and take the salute of marching contingents.

"A special emphasis is being laid on 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.

"Elaborate air defence measures, including deployment of
anti-aircraft guns, have also been taken to check intrusion of
air space," the official said.

Besides the air defence measures, helicopters of the
Indian Air Force will hover around Rajpath and all along the
route of the parade.

Patrolling in crowded market areas has been intensified
and checking and frisking in Metro, railway stations and bus
terminals tightened. Security at the IGI airport was also
strengthened in coordination with the CISF.

Checking and frisking have also been intensified at all
entry points with police setting up barricades to keep a vigil
on all those entering the capital.

No vehicles will be allowed to ply on the Rajpath from
6 pm on January 25 while vehicular movement will be affected
on Tilak Marg, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg
upto Red Fort from 4 am the next day.