The national capital, including the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the 71st Independence Day, has been put under an unprecedented ground-to-air security cover. As many as 70,000 Delhi Police personnel will be guarding the national capital owing to the twin occasions of the Independence Day and Janmashtami festival, a senior police officer said.
Thousands of security personnel, including 9,100 personnel from the Delhi Police, have been deployed in and around the historic Mughal fort which will see the presence of senior ministers, top bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and common people during the PM’s address.
Two dozen Parakram Vans manned by quick reaction teams of NSG-trained commandos have been stationed in areas with high footfall to thwart any attempt by terror groups to disrupt peace. As many as 11 such vans have been deployed in the area around the Red Fort.
“There will be multi-tier security in place. The security audit of the residents, including tenants has been completed.
The area is being monitored by CCTV cameras and there will be multi-tier security checks in place for people coming to the area,” said a senior police officer.
At Red Fort, a special team of NSG snipers and commandos will form the inner layers of the security cordon while anti-aircraft guns have been deployed to thwart any aerial intrusion by objects like drones and projectiles, senior police officials said.
Security along the route to be taken by the Prime Minister’s cavalcade from his official residence to Red Fort will be monitored with the help of hundreds of CCTV cameras.