Ground-to-air fortified for I-Day

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Ground-to-air fortified for I-Day

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

The Delhi Police in concert with security agencies has put up a stringent ground to air security mechanism in place. Special vigil is being maintained on stations and bus stops to see who all are coming to Delhi. An intense vigil will also be maintained on key installations like Parliament complex, North and South Block, Indira Gandhi International airport, railway stations, inter-state bus terminals and Metro stations. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the nation from the ramparts of the historical Red Fort to mark the Independence Day celebrations.

To ensure safe and secure environment on the 73rd celebration of Independence Day in national Capital, Delhi Police has enveloped the entire city in a thick security blanket, with its police personnel keeping a vigil on each and every activities in and around city. In city, National Security Guards (NSG), Army, SPG commandos, thousands of Delhi Police personnel as well as paramilitary troops have been deployed in and around the Red Fort following an Intelligence alert.

According to a senior police official, after the Intelligence agencies issued alerts about terrorists using sewer lines and cars to enter areas in and around the Red Fort following which market places, buildings, sewer lines, manholes will be sealed ahead of Independence Day near Red Fort.

“Around 17 locations have been identified by agencies where attacks may take place and as a preventive measure, police personnel’s are keeping an eye in those areas and they are also conducting regulars check in markets, bus stops and railway stations,” said the senior police official. 

Hundreds of CCTV cameras have been installed in every nook and corner of the Red Fort, with troopers operating sniper rifles deployed on the roofs of buildings in the area.

“There are several check points and door frame metal detectors (DFMD) have been installed at all entry points. Facial recognition cameras have also been installed to capture and identify any possible suspect,” said Nupur Prasad, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), North district.

 Sources maintained that round the clock vigil has been kept on the movements of fringe elements who have gone under ground after the recent Mumbai serial blasts. Police and security agencies have been conducting raids in the National Capital Region to checkmate any move by terrorists  owing allegiance to Pakistan.

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