Countrywide security blanket on I-Day

A tight security blanket was thrown across the country on the eve of Independence Day to thwart any terror strike, even as an elaborate ground-to-air security apparatus was put in place in the capital.

Updated: Aug 15, 2011, 00:40 AM IST

New Delhi: A tight security blanket was thrown
across the country on the eve of Independence Day to thwart
any terror strike, even as an elaborate ground-to-air security
apparatus was put in place in the capital where Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh will unfurl the tricolour on Monday.

With the Union Home Ministry issuing a country-wide alert,
states tightened security at sensitive locations and
installations to pre-empt any terror attack.

Thousands of Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel were
deployed in and around the national capital, especially near
the Red Fort from where the Prime Minister will address the
nation.
"We have deployed personnel in abundance. We are not
taking any chance," a senior police official said.

In Mumbai, the country`s commercial hub, the police stepped
up vigil at local railway stations, shopping malls, theatres,
iconic Gateway of India, hotels like Taj Mahal and Oberoi,
Mantralaya and Bombay High Court.

Additional deployment of security forces has been made in
Jammu and Kashmir in view of terror alert issued by the Home
Ministry about possibility of militants carrying out attacks.

A three-tier security blanket has been thrown around Bakshi
Stadium, the main venue of the Independence day function in
Srinagar, and other venues in the Valley been tightened.
Troops along the Line of Control (LoC) have been directed
to remain vigilant as army apprehends that militants might try
to infiltrate and carry out attacks on security forces and
civilians.

Meanwhile, both factions of Hurriyat Conference have given
a call for a general strike tomorrow.

PTI