No specific threat, but security tightened for I-Day

No specific threat, but security tightened for I-Day

People buy national flags at a roadside shop in Siliguri on Thursday. AFP

Though senior police officials claim there is no specific terror threat, they are leaving no stone unturned to ensure "extraordinary" security in and around the capital. Delhi Police have been busy coordinating with the police forces of the adjoining states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

According to police officials, over 5,000 security personnel would be part of the security arrangements.

The security agencies have decided to deploy snipers, metal detectors, X-ray machines, sniffer dogs, radio frequency jammers and CCTVs at all public places. Specialised units drawn from several wings of Delhi Police will be on the alert to thwart any terror attacks.
Contingency plans are in place should a terrorist strike happen. Designated safe houses for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other VIPs have been earmarked in case there is an emergency.

Besides, suitable air defence measures have been taken to counter possible threats.
"Two choppers would be providing security from air. One would be positioned over Red Fort and the other will keep an eye over the national capital," an official attached with security measures said.

The home ministry too has asked police to strengthen security at market places, cinema halls, bus and railway stations and iconic buildings in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Patrolling will be intensive in the walled city and snipers will be deployed at all vantage buildings around the 17th century red sandstone fort. Police said vehicular movement will be limited in the area Friday.

Special stress is being laid on anti-sabotage and anti-explosive checks, tight access control and vigil on VIP routes. Quick reaction teams will be in place.

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