25,000 security personnel on vigil in Delhi today
Around 3,000 security personnel from Delhi Police, paramilitary forces and elite National Security Guards (NSG) will be deployed in central Delhi, especially on the route from Vijay Chowk to the Red Fort. Also, around 22,000 policemen will be present in and around the city to avert any untoward incident,” said a senior police officer. “A special team of around 1,000 snipers with sophisticated arms and binoculars will be deputed on rooftops from 5 am,” he added.
Mobile teams, anti-aircraft guns and NSG sharpshooters will also be on hand at various places, while paramilitary and Delhi Police commandos will keep a close watch along the parade route. A special police unit would also keep a visual tab over all activities along the parade route with the help of over 160 CCTVs installed between Rajpath and the Red Fort.
Intelligence agencies are keeping a track of activities and communication of terror suspects. According to intelligence inputs, some groups that may try to create trouble during the parade have been identified and are being monitored. “We have got some inputs. We will take strict action against the protestors if they try to enter Janpath or India Gate area,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.