New Delhi: Thousands of security personnel have been deployed in Delhi ahead of 71st Republic Day which will be celebrated on January 26.
150 CCTV cameras have been installed at several locations including Chandni Chowk, Red Fort and Yamuna Khadar. Special vigil will be on 8km long parade route from Rajpath to Red Fort on January 26.
Security arrangement has been made at highrises. Sharpshooters and snippers will be deployed in highrise buildings to keep a watch on parade.
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Police have been directed to stay alert since Delhi polls are also around the corner. Anti-terror measures like border checking, security of vital installations, malls and markets, patrolling in heavy footfall areas are being taken seriously.
One of the senior officials of police said, "We have intensified patrolling in public places. Group patrolling, night patrolling and vehicle checking is being carried out with the help of Central Armed Police Forces.”
“Frisking at metro stations, railway stations, airport and bus terminals have also been tightened," the official said.
The police has also asked hotels, taxi and auto drivers to remain alert. Besides, security guards and members of Delhi police team were briefed about the 'eyes and ear' scheme.
A traffic advisory has also been issued about the police's elaborate arrangement for route diversions for the Republic Day.
No traffic will be allowed on Rajpath from Vijay Chowk to India Gate from 6 pm on Saturday till the parade gets over on Sunday.