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Delhi turns into fortress on R-Day

The national Capital was on Thursday wrapped in an unprecedented security cover with thousands of security force personnel keeping a hawk-eye vigil to ward off any terror strike or untoward incident during the 68th Republic Day celebrations.

Mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters were deployed to keep a watch on the eight-km-long parade route from Rajpath to Red Fort besides nearby localities.

There were intelligence inputs that terror groups may try to carry out attacks. Delhi Police were sent a special advisory informing them that terror groups might use animals to target crowded areas like important installations, railway stations, etc to create a panic.

Crown prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the chief guest of the Republic Day celebrations.

As per earlier intelligence inputs, terror groups like LeT were planning to use helicopter charter services and charter flights to launch attacks.

Snipers were on top of high-rise buildings while around 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 air space.

Nearly 60,000 security personnel drawn from Delhi Police and Central security forces have been deployed in Central Delhi. Police also used counter-drone technology to thwart any attack or identify any suspicious flying object.

Security personnel identified vulnerable spots like crowded markets, railway stations, bus stands and other high- value establishments and efforts were made to secure them.

Traffic police deployed around 1,500 personnel to manage route diversions during the parade. Patrolling in public places was intensified and checking and frisking in Metro, railway stations and bus terminals tightened.

The advisory that has been issued to security agencies stated that "it is imperative for the security forces to be familiar with the range of threats for devising appropriate counter means" in view of the use of conventional weapons by the terrorists.

The security forces were also asked to ensure proper frisking and checking of police personnel since there is a possibility that terrorists may disguise themselves as security personnel.

Security agencies have also been warned that some Muslim extremist organisations are planning 9/11 type of attacks using aeroplanes carrying personnel and weapons on board.

As part of the security drill, Delhi Police had set up a Wireless Integrated Public Address (WIPA) system to enhance security at crowded places and popular markets in the city.

WIPA is a centralised public address system now installed at 31 crowded places and markets in Delhi, and also in 13 major Metro stations.

Security agencies had also sealed 71 buildings in close proximity of Rajpath which is the Republic Day parade route.

Security personnel had been deployed on rooftops.

Even bonafide citizens of Lutyens' Zone, including MPs and officers of the armed forces, had been either issued special passes or had to establish their identities to enter the zone.

Spectators were made to pass through a stringent multi-layered security check to be able to watch the parade and they were not allowed to carry any electronic gadgets to the venue.

Ground Report

  1. Mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters were deployed to keep a watch on the eight-km-long parade route from Rajpath to Red Fort besides nearby localities.
  2. Snipers were on top of high-rise buildings while around scores of CCTV cameras kept a tight vigil on people's movements on the parade route.
  3. Nearly 60,000 security personnel drawn from Delhi Police and Central security forces have been deployed in Central Delhi.

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