Security geared up for Republic Day

Security geared up for Republic Day

Close to 25,000 security personnel deployed

An elaborate ground-to-air security apparatus will be put in place to pre-empt any terror threat during the Republic Day parade in the National Capital on 26th January.

As per Delhi Police, close to 25,000 security personnel, including those from various para-military forces, army and state police forces, would be taking up security duties in the run-up to the parade to avert any untoward

Addressing a press conference in city on Saturday, Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner (Traffic) said the elaborate security arrangements were made by Delhi police and the vigil has already been intensified at all important installations in the city, including railway stations, airport, markets and historical monuments.

“There is going to be massive security arrangements on the day of parade. Snipers at high-rise buildings, more than 160 CCTV cameras between Rajpath to Red Fort – to check the people’s movement on the route of parade, helicopter patrol and NSG commandos at all the strategic locations, everything is being done to thwart any terror attempt,” said Garg.

According to police officials, the security has been hightened this year because of the  September 7, 2011 Delhi High Court bomb blast, for which police came under heavy criticism, and they do not want to take any chance.

“There is no shame in accepting that Delhi Police failed to stop the High Court blast. However, it is history now and we want to amend it by doing some good work. All that is humanly possible to check terror strike, is being done,” said a senior police official.

Strict checks

According to him, the local police have been instructed to carry out checks at all public places, hotels and guest houses.

“Hotel and guest houses owners have been instructed to report any suspect visitors or guests. Besides, the night patrol has also been intensified. Barricades are being put up all around the city to check suspicious vehicles and all 27 entry points to the city are under strict vigil,” the official said.

According to him, the local police is also getting in touch with property dealers and second hand car dealers to furnish details about recent deals that are being finalised.

Cyber cafe owners have also been asked to maintain the a record of all internet users along with an ID proofs, that will help tackle anti-social elements which in turn provide cyber safety.

Thailand's first woman Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year where India will showcase its socio-cultural diversity and military strength.