New Delhi: The security was beefed up in Delhi-NCR to its maximum with multi-layered arrangements and strict vigil at the border areas. Apart from this, agencies like NSG, SPG and ITBP were put on high alert.
“All the agencies will work in close coordination with each other to cater to all kinds of threat inputs. SWAT teams and Parakram vans have been strategically stationed,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying in media reports..
Policemen in civil dress were deployed at strategic locations across the capital with extra focus on in and around the Red Fort.
“We also set up facial recognition systems at vantage points for suspect identification. This would help the security forces screen the suspects around the celebration area,” the officer said.
Over 45,000 security personnel guarded the city on Independence Day besides over 2,000 snipers deputed at specific locations on high-rises in around 5 km periphery of the Red Fort.
Apart from securing the main venue at Red Fort, adequate security arrangements were made for the function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
In Delhi, at least 350 police personnel were quarantined ahead of the ceremony at the police colony in the Delhi Cantonment.
The Delhi Police also advised people who have Covid-19 symptoms to avoid attending the event.