Security personnel were deployed on rooftops surrounding the Red Fort as Prime Minister Narendra Modi did away with bullet-proof glass on the podium for his Independence Day address on Friday.
National Security Guard sharpshooters and spotters were deployed on all the high-rises after the buildings were checked. As many as 360 buildings were put under watch. Aided with binoculars, the snipers had instructions to shoot anyone who entered within a three-kilometre radius of the cordoned-off area. This was the first time an area within an eight-kilometre radius of the Red Fort was put under surveillance.
At the Red Fort, two high-resolution cameras, with enough zooming power to magnify an object the size of an insect, had been placed on the towers on either side of the podium. The cameras, rented from Mumbai by the Delhi Police, were aided by a network of CCTV cameras at the venue and on the Prime Minister’s routes.
Several temporary police posts had been set up around the area where policemen were stationed with medium and light machine guns. A central control room was up at the Red Fort, while aerial patrolling and air-defence mechanisms were put in place.
Even peripheral areas of the capital were put under an unprecedented security cover. Sources said over 20,000 personnel from the Delhi Police and Central police organisations were deployed. Reinforcements were deployed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport and metro stations.
All the city’s borders were sealed, entry of commercial vehicles was restricted and private vehicles were put through a thorough check.