Heavy security in Capital for Republic Day

A TIGHT COVER: Security personnel keeping vigil in the Capital on Saturday in view of the upcoming Republic Day celebrations.

A TIGHT COVER: Security personnel keeping vigil in the Capital on Saturday in view of the upcoming Republic Day celebrations.   | Photo Credit: – PHOTO: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Heavy security arrangements have been made by the Delhi police to ensure a peaceful Republic Day in the Capital on January 26.

Based on threat perceptions, extra security personnel have been deployed at vital government installations. Quick reaction teams have been deployed at sensitive locations as a counter-terror measure and anti-aircraft guns have been deployed to counter any aerial attack. “Maximum mobilisation of the available manpower is being done to ensure peace,” said a senior police officer over the weekend.

Deployment has been enhanced along the route of the Republic Day Parade. The Parade would start from Vijay Chowk and go via Rajpath to India Gate, Tilak Marg, ITO, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Subhas Marg and Red Fort Chowk before culminating at the Red Fort grounds.

At several places around India Gate, armed Army personnel have been deployed behind makeshift sand bunkers that have been set up on the small islands at the intersections of radial roads leading up to the vast roundabout.

While the presence of these personnel is very reassuring for the public, many people complained on Saturday that unlike the Delhi Police and Central Industrial Security Force personnel deployed at other sensitive installations, the guns of these Army personnel point directly at passers-by. “The guns should ideally point upwards into the air so that in case of a misfire no one gets hurt,” said Amit Kumar, a marketing executive.

The traffic police have also imposed restrictions on vehicular movement as part of the security arrangements. No vehicle will be allowed on Rajpath after 6 p.m. on Sunday till the end of the Republic Day Parade the following day. After 8-45 a.m. on January 26, cross-movement of traffic on Rajpath from Rafi Marg, Janpath, Man Singh Road and C-Hexagon will also not be allowed.

On January 26, no vehicle will be allowed to ply on the Parade route from 4 a.m. till the function is over by 1 p.m. Only vehicles bearing labels will be allowed on Kautilya Marg, Kamal Ataturk Marg, Aurangzeb Road ‘Q’ point, Humayun Road, Subrahmania Bharati Marg, Mathura Road, Bhagwan Dass Road, Windsor Place, Ashoka Road, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Mother Teresa Crescent and Sardar Patel Marg up to Kautilya Marg. The restrictions will be in place till 12-30 p.m.

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