Tight security in Delhi ahead of I-day

August 14th, 2008 - 10:30 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Around 20,000 personnel from the Delhi Police and central paramilitary forces, as also bomb disposal squads and sniffer dogs, were deployed in and around the capital Thursday evening to prevent any untoward incident on Independence Day Friday. The capital’s borders with Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have been sealed and the entry of commercial vehicles has been stopped, resulting in a large pile up of trucks.

Police have also placed barricades at almost all roads in the capital and through searches and frisking is also being carried out.

A police official said security was further tightened in and around the Red Fort, from where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address the nation on Independence Day, following intelligence inputs that some terror outfits were planning to target top politicians and prominent buildings in the capital.

The entire Red Fort complex in the city’s old quarters, where the country’s top political leadership will be present for the official celebrations, has been sanitized and several areas have been sealed off for the general public.

Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said the national capital was on high alert and an unparalleled ground-to-air security apparatus had been put in place for the Independence Day celebrations.

Quick reaction teams are also in place. According to police officials, 170 companies of Delhi Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed along with commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG) and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

Security has also been tightened at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, the parliament complex, inter-state bus terminals, railway stations, popular markets and leading cinema houses, besides the Delhi Metro network.

The security agencies have decided to deploy snipers, metal detectors, X-ray machines, sniffer dogs, radio frequency jammers and CCTVs at all major public places. Specialised units drawn from several wings of the Delhi Police will be on alert to thwart any terror attacks.

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