Security has been stepped up in the capital in the run-up to Independence Day, with thousands of staff members keeping strict vigils in strategic locations, including the Delhi borders, where farmers have been sitting for more than eight months to protest the center’s new agricultural laws, officials said. said Saturday.
According to police, a multi-layer security cover has been installed at the Red Fort from which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the 75th Independence Day.
Multi-layered security measures have also been put in place with heavy barricades and additional deployment of pickets at vital installations in the city, including the Indira Gandhi International Airport, railway stations and bus terminals, along with border areas to prevent any untoward incident.
Anti-sabotage checks are being carried out and patrolling has been intensified throughout the city, including on the Yamuna River, where Delhi police patrol motorboats. Anti-terrorist measures are being implemented in view of threat perception and intelligence input, they said.
Chinmoy Biswal, Delhi Police PRO said: “In view of the Independence Day, extensive security arrangements have been made in coordination with other security forces at and around the Red Fort in a coordinated manner. Arrangements have been made to fight hostile elements. No aerial objects, balloons are allowed this Independence Day.”
A security ring including NSG snipers, elite SWAT commandos and kite catchers has been installed in the Mughal-era fort, while anti-drone systems have also been installed there in view of the recent terror attack on the IAF station at Jammu airport , officials said. .
Plainclothes police officers would be deployed to strategic locations in the capital with additional focus in and around the Red Fort.
As part of the counter-terror measures, intensive efforts have been made to strengthen the police presence, intensively monitor vulnerabilities, monitor hotels and guest houses, SIM card and second-hand car dealers, raise awareness among cyber cafe owners and verify the journeys of tenants and employees. by all police stations, officials said.
All vehicles are being thoroughly checked for suspicious activity, especially at border points, they said.
PCR vans, ”Prakhar” vans and QRT (Quick Reaction Team) vans are stationed as part of the security deployment, along with intensified patrols by police personnel on motorcycles through the city, police officials said.
The Delhi Traffic Police had also issued an advisory for the Independence Day function at the Red Fort to ensure safe and smooth flow of vehicles through the city.
Eight roads — Netaji Subhash Marg, Lothian Road, SP Mukherjee Marg, Chandni Chowk Road, Nishad Raj Marg, Esplanade Road and the Link Road to Netaji Subhash Marg, Ring Road from Rajghat to ISBT and Outer Ring Road from ISBT to IP overpass – – will be closed to the general public from 4am to 10am.
Flying sub-conventional aerial platforms such as paragliders, paramotors, hang gliders, UAVs, microlight aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot air balloons, small motorized aircraft, quadcopters or para-jumping from aircraft etc. is prohibited above the jurisdiction of the National Capital Territory of Delhi until 16 August.
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