New Delhi: A ground-to-air security
apparatus was put in place on the eve of Republic Day on Wednesday with security personnel fanning out across various states in a
bid to prevent any untoward incident.
In the capital, over 25,000 police personnel, including
those from paramilitary forces and sharpshooters from NSG,
have been deployed in the run-up to the celebrations, which
will be attended by Yingluck Shinawatra, the first woman Prime
Minister of Thailand.
Security has been similarly stepped up in the
metropolises and sensitive states like Jammu and Kashmir and
the North East.
As part of the stepped up measures, the airspace over the
capital will remain closed for an hour tomorrow from 11.15 am
to 12.15 pm.
Snipers have been deployed at high-rise buildings while
over 160 CCTVs are keeping 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
the NSG are also on the job at various places while
paramilitary and Delhi Police commandos were keeping a close
watch along the route of the eight-kilometre-long Republic Day
parade from Raisana Hills to Red Fort.
A multi-layered 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.
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 has also been
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.
Security has been tightened across Kashmir by authorities
to frustrate any attempt by militants to disrupt peace.
Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in
strength at Bakshi Stadium, the main venue of the Republic Day
celebrations in summer capital Srinagar.
Vital installations in the city are being guarded, the
officials said adding that random frisking, checking of
vehicles and area domination have been intensified.
In Mumbai, ahead of the celebrations tomorrow, nearly
40,000 police personnel have spread out across the metropolis
to maintain a tight vigil.
Quick Response Teams carrying hi-end weapons have been
deployed at strategic locations, police said.
Railway Police will carry out random checks and frisk
passengers at the stations.
A parade by Maharashtra Police will be held at Shivaji
Park in the presence of Governor K Sankaranarayanan, Chief
Minister Prithviraj Chavan, his deputy Ajit Pawar and DGP K
Subramaniam, among others.
Vehicular movement on seven roads near Shivaji Park in
Dadar area will remain closed for six hours beginning from 6
am tomorrow, police said.
Security has been tightened in Assam with a special focus
around major installations like ONGC and OIL.
Assam Chief Secretary N K Das chaired a meeting to review
the security measures and other arrangements initiated to
ensure the smooth conduct of the event, official sources said
Security has been beefed up around important
installations like Oil India Limited (OIL), ONGC and Indian
Oil Corporation, besides at railways, airport, bus depots and
other public places, sources said.
The public, in general, have been requested to be on
high alert against subversive activities by insurgent outfits.
At least 12 outfits including the anti-talk faction of
ULFA, Coordination Committee (umbrella organisation of seven
militant outfits of Manipur), Kamatapur Liberation
Organisation, National Liberation Front of Trip`s, Tripper
Peoples` Democratic Front and Hundreder National Liberation
Front have jointly called for a `boycott` of the Republic Day
celebrations and a general `shut-down` on January 26.