20,000 policemen for a beefed up security on Republic Day in New Delhi

January 16th, 2009 - 11:16 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan.16 (ANI): About 20,000 security personnel will guard the national capital ahead of the Republic Day celebrations as part of beefed up security measures following Mumbai terror attacks and intelligence inputs about possible strikes.
Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal on Friday said that the security establishment does not want to take any chance ahead of the prestigious event, especially after the Mumbai terror attacks that claimed 170 lives.
“After Mumbai attacks, we are not taking any chances. There are inputs (about possible strikes). We are making tight arrangements for the event,” Dadwal told mediapersons in a new conference here.
Around 20,000 police personnel, including 5,500 from paramilitary forces, and mobile hit teams will be deployed across the city ahead of Republic Day.
As part of the security measures, electronic surveillance will also be increased. It has also been decided to intensify checking at borders and night patrolling. There will be intensive checking not only in New Delhi district but also across the capital, Dadwal said.
“Please, bear with us…the situation is like that. We are vigilant and a lot of steps are being taken. We would like to have the maximum security,” the Commissioner said.
A meet among the heads of police forces in Delhi and adjoining areas have already reviewed the security preparations in the National Capital Region (NCR) and decided to increase sharing of intelligence and information regarding criminals and gangs operating in the region.
Police sources said a massive ground-to-air security apparatus would be organised in the city for the event that is attended by the country’’s top political and military leadership.
A multi-layer security ring will also be thrown around Rajpath, where President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will unfurl the tricolour and take the salute of marching contingents.
Mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters of the elite National Security Guards (NSG) will be deployed at various locations while paramilitary and Delhi Police commandos will keep a tight vigil along the route of the parade, sources said.
All police heads in the National Capital Region have been directed to ensure that calls made to any of the Police Control Rooms in the region regarding a crime falling in the jurisdiction of another force should “immediately be shared” with the concerned PCR.
Sub Inspectors from Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are already in New Delhi and surveying the city to gather information about potential trouble-makers, a police official said.
“Deployment of local level officers in the city ahead of the Republic Day celebrations will help in identifying trouble-makers from particular states,” the official said.
The security establishment has already placed a detachment of fighter planes at the Indian Air Force base in Hindon near the Delhi border to provide air-defence.
Police while tightening the security apparatus will install around 100 CCTVs on the route of the parade by this weekend to keep a watch on the movement of people a week ahead of the event.
According to city police’’s plans, 22 CCTVs will be placed till 26th January on the 1.5 km Rajpath, where country’’s top political and military brass will be present when India showcases its military might. (ANI)

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