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Massive security for Independence Day

With the help of a sniffer dog, Railway Protection Force personnel checking belongings of passengers at Madurai Junction. — Photo: K. Ganesan

With the help of a sniffer dog, Railway Protection Force personnel checking belongings of passengers at Madurai Junction. — Photo: K. Ganesan  

CHENNAI, AUG. 14. Security for Independence Day, December 6 and Republic Day have been tight for many years now. This year the Central agencies, along with the State police, have mounted a massive exercise for Independence Day.

In the past few days, there has been a major mobilisation of forces, visible in government offices, sensitive establishments, airports, railway stations and bus stands, besides places where people congregate.

`Special instructions'

Police sources said, ``Additional security, both preventive and protective, is normal for such occasions. But we have received some special instructions this year from the Central and State Governments."

A senior police officer said the intelligence agencies were on high alert for movements of terrorists and possible use of "local hosts" for sudden attacks. It was not uncommon for "infiltrators" to choose new routes and proceed to New Delhi or Mumbai from unsuspected centres.

In Tamil Nadu, there were several agitations and causes of "unrest" across the State, the officer said. "It is convenient for banned outfits and militant groups to use these fronts and carry out their plans. We need to be vigilant during these critical periods of national importance when they like to strike and create a flutter," he explained.

Security along VIP routes was strengthened and a random check of vehicles moving into and leaving major towns and cities had been taken up, the police said.

The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, will unfurl the national flag at Fort Saint George here at 8.30 a.m. on Sunday.

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