40,000 cops, paramilitary personnel deployed for R-Day security in city

Over 40,000 Delhi Police and paramilitary forces personnel will be deployed in the capital for Tuesday’s Republic Day celebrations and France President Francois Hollande’s visit. The Indian Air Force will also be there to deal with aerial threats despite the air space over India Gate being declared a no-fly zone.

Rajpath will have about 1,000 closed-circuit television cameras, and French security personnel will be in control rooms, set up to watch the footage. A seven-layer security ring is planned around the enclosure on Rajpath from where President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Hollande will watch the parade.

Special Protection Group and National Security Guards personnel would be the first layer of security.

“Over 400 buildings within a radius of two kilometres will have snipers stationed on them while the parade is on,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra.

Security is also kept tight at railway stations and inter-state bus terminals. “Strict checking is being carried as there is an alert of possible terror threat ahead of the Republic Day parade,” Mishra added.

Police have also told every office on the entire route of the Republic Day parade to be shut till Tuesday afternoon. Local police along with staff of PCR have been told to conduct strict patrol.

Some staff of all police districts have also been deployed on special duty on the New Delhi police district.

On Tuesday, the services of Delhi Metro will be partially curtailed as per police instructions. Two stations on the Yellow Line, Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan will remain closed from 6 am to noon. While Patel Chowk and Race Course Metro stations will remain closed from 8.45 am to noon.

Train services will be stopped at Mandi House and Pragati Maidan Metro stations when the parade passes under Tilak Bridge. Parking lots of all the Metro stations have been shut starting 6 am on Monday.

Checking and verification of tenants is also being undertaken in view of the heightened security scenario. The Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) of New Delhi police district are regularly briefed not to let out government accommodations.

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