Delhi to witness high security for I-Day


Thousands of security personnel, including sharpshooters of the elite National Security Guards, will keep a hawk-eyed vigil in the city in the run up to the August 15 celebrations at the historic Red Fort where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will unfurl the tri-colour and address the nation.

Forty CCTVs will be installed in and around Red Fort to ensure incident-free celebrations while NSG sharpshooters will be deployed on high-rises near the 17th century Mughal monument, a senior police official said. Last year, 34 CCTVs were installed near Red Fort.

While 10 CCTVs will be installed in and around the monument covering up to three kms, 30 more will be installed to cover a four-km stretch from Shanti Van to the Red Fort police post.
Though, the police were not taking any unprecedented step, security measures will be "tighter" in the wake of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the official said.

Agencies are constantly reviewing arrangements at the Red Fort and are in the process of zeroing in on the 'safe houses' where the Prime Minister and other leaders should be taken to in case of a terrorist strike, he said.

Besides Red Fort and its surrounding areas, intense vigil will be maintained on key installations like Parliament complex, international airport, railway stations, inter-state bus terminals and metro stations.

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