The security issue has assumed significance especially after intelligent alerts that Pakistan-based terror groups are gearing up to thwart R-Day celebrations. The ongoings have become much sensitive after reports that the terrorists have hatched a conspiracy to hijack planes and launch an aerial attack. After the serial blasts in the City, the police are taking no risks in terms of security arrangements, said police sources.
The ground is slated to host several cultural programmes and several thousand participants, including high profile personalities and officials are expected to take part. “One thousand police personnel including junior and senior cadre will be pressed into duty to ensure peaceful celebrations and thwart any untoward incident. Six deputy commissioners of police, 15 assistant commissioners of police, 30 inspectors, 15 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police, three platoons of Rapid Response Team and City Armed Reserve and hundreds of constables and head constables will manage security affairs in and around the ground,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) M R Pujar.
The police will install 16 Closed Circuit Television cameras at several places and fire force personnel, fire tenders and ambulance will be stationed near the ground, he added. The police have banned carrying of mobile phones, cameras, radios, umbrellas and any other equipment to the parade ground due to security reasons. The participants have been requested to be seated before 8.30 am.
All invitees have been requested to use gates earmarked for them, Pujar said and requested the participants to cooperate with the police.
Meanwhile, BBMP Commissioner Bharatlal Meena told reporters on Sunday that the BBMP has made necessary arrangements for the celebrations. Governor H R Bhardwaj will unfurl the tri-colour at 9 am and receive the guard of honour. Thousands of children will present cultural performances after the Governor’s programme, he added.