With Obama in town, Delhi remains under tight security
An impregnable security ring with 20,000 security personnel guarding the national capital has been kept intact even after the Republic Day parade as US President Barack Obama stays overnight in the capital till Tuesday afternoon.
New Delhi: An impregnable security ring with 20,000 security personnel guarding the national capital has been kept intact even after the Republic Day parade as US President Barack Obama stays overnight in the capital till Tuesday afternoon.
The stringent security measures have turned the capital into a fortress for President Obama and his delegation`s three-day visit.
Obama, who arrived here on a state visit Jan 25 morning, attended the 66th Republic Day parade as the chief guest Monday.
Sources in the security wing of Delhi Police said they succeeded in tackling the biggest challenge of ensuring safe Republic Day celebrations. Now their aim is to maintain security of the US president.
"Around 45,000 security personnel, including over 1,000 NSG (National Security Guard) snipers and paramilitary personnel, were deployed from Monday morning to ensure safe Republic Day celebrations. Now we have tackled the challenge," an official said.
"Now, our final aim is to maintain the security for US president Barack Obama. So, our over 20,000 security men are still deployed in the city."
The US Secret Service agents along with India`s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau, Special Protection Group (SPG), National Security Guard (NSG), paramilitary forces and Delhi Police officers are still working together to ensure Obama`s safety by maintaining a tight vigil and a multi-layer security ring around him.
The central, north and New Delhi districts are being manned by the Delhi Armed Police personnel along with paramilitary force in the outer security ring while US Secret Service agents with the SPG, NSG and other security agencies are deputed on various other security layers.
Around 15,000 newly installed closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at various places, including the areas where Obama`s car convoy is moving along with some other roads and markets, are still keeping a watch over any unprecedented activities to ensure the safety.
Security arrangements at ITC Maurya, where Obama is staying during his three-day visit, are already heightened.
The Taj Palace hotel, a few metres from ITC Maurya, which Obama along with his delegation visited to attend two key conferences -- CEO Forum and India-US Business Forum -- was also kept under highest security cover.