10k more troops to guard Delhi on R-Day

10k more troops to guard Delhi on R-Day

Around 10,000 additional paramilitary personnel have been deployed in the national capital ahead of the Republic Day celebrations.

The deployment of additional forces comes a week after the terrorist attack on the Pathankot Air Force base. French President Francois Hollande will be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade.

This is being done as part of a security exercise to ensure that nothing untoward happens during the celebrations, a senior official said.

In another security beef up, defence installations located along the India-Pakistan border continue to be on high-alert as they remain prime targets of Pak-based terrorist organisations. Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in the country along with top security officials.

Sources said intelligence reports suggested possibility of further terror attacks by groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba and all sensitive locations located along the India-Pakistan border have been put on high alert.

Singh also discussed Pathankot attack with Union Minister Sushma Swaraj who met him in his office.

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