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Ahead of Republic Day Delhi turns into garrison

New Delhi Jan 25, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Delhi on Tuesday turned into a virtual security garrison as thousands of armed personnel kept vigil, & authorities geared up for the Republic Day celebrations.

Around 35,000 police personnel, including 15,000 from paramilitary forces and elite National Security Guards (NSG) were already deployed across the city.

Mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters of the NSG are also on the job at various places. Snipers are on top of the high-rise buildings while around 100 CCTVs were keep a tight vigil on people’s movement

A senior security official said UAVs of the Air Force are being deployed for surveillance besides the usual deployment of helicopters. “The UAVs will not only keep an eye on the parade route but entire Delhi,” the official said.

A multi-layer security ring has already been put in place at Rajpath, where President Pratibha Patil will unfurl the tricolour and take the salute of marching contingents.

Patrolling in crowded market areas has been intensified and checking and frisking in Metro, railway stations tightened. Checking and frisking have also been intensified at all entry points with police setting up barricades to keep a vigil on all those entering the capital.

No vehicles will be allowed to ply on the Rajpath from 6 pm on January 25 while vehicular movement will be affected on Tilak Marg, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg upto Red Fort from 4 am the next day. (AIP)

Adil Akhzer /Agence India Press

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