New Delhi: Armed security personnel today
manned Delhi`s streets, keeping a hawk-eyed vigil to pre-empt
any possible terrorist strike on Independence Day.
An elaborate ground-to-air security apparatus was put in
place in the city, especially near Red Fort where Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh unfurled the tri-colour and addressed
the nation for the eighth consecutive time.
Security agencies left no stone unturned to ensure
incident-free Independence Day celebrations even though there
was no specific intelligence input about a possible terror
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. This
year`s celebrations come a month after terrorists struck in
"Elaborate security arrangements have been made.
Personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary have been
deployed for security," a senior police official said.
Around 40 CCTVs have been installed in and around the Red
Fort to ensure peaceful celebrations while sharpshooters of
the NSG deployed on the high-rises near the 17th century
Besides the Red Fort, the official said, intense vigil
was being maintained on key installations like Parliament
complex, international airport, railway stations, inter-state
bus terminals and Metro stations.
"The localities around the Red Fort have been sanitised
before the event and informers were deployed to keep a check
on any movement of anti-national elements," the official said,
adding specialised units like Quick Reaction Teams, SWAT and
Vajra were deployed.
A no-fly zone was put in place around the Red Fort for
the nearly 90-minute function.
Besides patrolling of the skies by helicopters, an air
defence mechanism was also kept in readiness around the venue
to thwart any terror attacks.
Delhi Police carried out intensive checks at all the
There was, however, no sealing of borders this time. "We
conducted random checking at borders so that there were no
long queues at the borders," the official said.