Delhi marks I-Day with high security (Lead)

August 15th, 2011 - 3:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Security forces in their thousands joined forces Monday to ensure an incident-free Independence Day celebrations.

Backed by the military and paramilitary forces, Delhi Police deployed virtually all its men and women, concentrating a large force in and around the 17th century Red Fort monument.

Security had been steadily scaled up for the past one week, leading to the D-Day when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the nation from the Moghul-built monument.

Numerous police barriers came up in different areas overnight, particularly on roads leading to the city centre and Old Delhi, where the fort is located.

Motorists were stopped at random. Some bikers were frisked.

At the New Delhi railway station, an overcautious police closed the car parking and stopped vehicles from entering the complex, putting travellers to inconvenience.

Backing the police were the Central Reserve Police Force and its Rapid Action Force. Snipers were deployed on buildings near the Red Fort.

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