Delhi under tight security ahead of I-Day

On the eve of Independence Day celebrations, an elaborate ground-to-air security apparatus has been put in place in the capital to pre-empt any terror strike.

Updated: Aug 14, 2011, 09:59 AM IST

New Delhi: On the eve of Independence Day
celebrations, an elaborate ground-to-air security apparatus
has been put in place in the capital to pre-empt any terror
strike.

Thousands of Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel were
deployed in and around the city, especially near the Red Fort
from where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will unfurl the
tricolour and address the nation.

The Union Home Ministry has already issued a country-wide
alert asking states to tighten security at sensitive locations
and installations to thwart any attempt of terror strike.

"We have deployed personnel in abundance. We are not
taking any chance," a senior police official said.

Around 40 CCTVs will be installed in and around the Red
Fort to ensure incident-free celebrations while sharpshooters
of the NSG will be deployed on the high-rises near the 17th
century Mughal monument.

Security agencies are constantly reviewing arrangements
at the Red Fort and have zeroed in on the `safe houses` 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
stations.

PTI