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Delhi turns into fortress with 60K personnel deployed

New Delhi: The 69th Republic Day passed off peacefully in the national Capital with thousands of security personnel, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters being deployed at various strategic points.
Barricades were erected on all major roads leading to the parade venue at the Rajpath with policemen checking vehicles and informing people about diversions.
Nearly 60,000 security personnel drawn from the Delhi Police and central forces were deployed in Central Delhi.
Mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters were deployed to keep a watch on the eight-km-long parade route from the Rajpath to the Red Fort, besides nearby localities.
Ten ASEAN leaders, who attended the ASEAN summit on Thursday, were the chief guests at the parade.
Snipers were stationed atop high-rise buildings while scores of CCTV cameras kept a tight vigil on people's movements on the parade route.
Elaborate air defence measures, including deployment of anti-aircraft guns, were also put in place to secure the airspace.
Police said there were no untoward incidents reported and no hoax calls received on Friday. Security personnel had identified vulnerable spots and efforts make them secure.
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