Multi-layered security arrangement in Delhi for Independence-Day celebrations

India Today

Multi-layered security arrangements are in place for the 73rd Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on August 15, officials said on Tuesday.

In view of the Centre abrogating the constitutional provisions that accorded a special status to Jammu and Kashmir and amid tensions with Pakistan, security has been tightened across the national capital and the neighboring border areas.

The multi-layered security ring, including National Security Guard (NSG) snipers, elite special weapons and tactics (SWAT) commandos and kite catchers, will be placed around the Red Fort.

Special deployments have been made by the Special Protection Group (SPG) and different components of the Army and paramilitary forces, along with around 20,000 Delhi Police personnel, including those from the traffic wing.

For the first time, Delhi Police will be using cameras equipped with facial recognition software to identify suspects around the Red Fort and the adjoining areas.

There will be elaborate traffic arrangements with the optimal deployment of staff and signage for public convenience.

A watch is being kept with the installation of around 500 CCTV cameras in and around the Red Fort, which will see the presence of senior ministers, top bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries, and common people during the prime minister's address. The roads leading to the Red Fort will also be under surveillance.

Apart from securing the main venue at the Red Fort, adequate security arrangements for the "At Home" function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan have also been made.

At every entry point, checking and frisking will be done through door-framed metal detectors (DFMDs) and hand-held metal detectors (HHMDs).

Special motorcycle squads have been deployed. Baggage scanners have been placed at all the entry points of the venue and extensive checking of vehicles is going on in different areas of the north and central districts of the city.

Anti-drone detachment and snipers have been placed in and around the Red Fort.

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