Strict vigil in capital on I-Day

August 15th, 2011 - 11:52 am ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Amidst impregnable security, the 65th Independence Day was celebrated in the capital Monday with no untoward incident reported.

In the wake of last month’s triple blasts in Mumbai, elaborate security arrangements were made across the capital. “Security was beefed up for the last one week and today (Monday) there was no untoward incident,” said a senior police officer adding that high alert will remain for till Tuesday afternoon.

Security forces were placed on high alert to prevent possible attacks. Extra security personnel were deployed along the capital’s borders.

Police maintained strict vigil at sensitive places like airports and railway stations. Police set up barricades, checked vehicles and frisked bikers.

Security was particularly tight in the capital’s old quarters and Delhi Police chief B. K. Gupta visited the areas the near Red Fort, from where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the nation after unfurling the tricolour.

There were traffic restrictions too across Old Delhi.

Despite the rain, police were holding their positions at every picket and post. The snipers were holding their posts from Sunday night on the roof tops near the Red Fort.

More than 10,000 Delhi Police personnel were deployed around the Red Fort and surrounding areas.

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