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6,000 security personnel deployed in Delhi ahead of Republic Day

6,000 security personnel deployed in Delhi ahead of Republic Day

About 65,000 people will witness the parade on January 26, according to the Delhi Police.

New Delhi:

In the run-up to the celebration of the 74th Republic Day, security has been tightened in several parts of the national capital.

Police officers were thoroughly checking vehicles.

Crossroads, checkpoints with sniffer dogs and metal detectors are heavily barricaded.

This comes after Delhi police earlier this month arrested two terrorists in the national capital linked to foreign terror groups.

In light of some reports of threats from anti-social and terrorist elements to the Republic Day celebrations, flying sub-conventional and aerial platforms in the National Capital Territory of Delhi has been banned until further notice.

The Delhi Police Commissioner had said through an order issued on Monday that some criminal and anti-social elements hostile to India could pose a threat to the safety of the general public, dignitaries and vital installations.

According to the Delhi Police, some 65,000 people will witness the parade on January 26, for which they can sign up via a QR code.

Access is only given to valid pass holders and ticket purchasers.

About 6,000 jawans have been deployed for the security of the January 26 parade, including the paramilitary forces and NSG apart from the Delhi Police. The Kartavya trail will be monitored using about 150 CCTV cameras, which also have high-resolution cameras.

The high-rise buildings around Kartavya trail and parade routes will be closed from the evening of January 25. From Wednesday evening, heavy vehicle access will be halted in Delhi. Heavy vehicles will be stopped at all borders of Delhi. This time, heavy vehicles are not allowed to enter the ring road towards New Delhi.

Only vehicles with passes are allowed access to these areas. Entry is only given in New Delhi district after verification from locals.

According to the Delhi Police, this time about 30,000 people can come via metro to watch the parade, for which Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan metro stations will also be open. All metro stations are open this time. From 04:00, vehicular traffic on Kartavya Path, Janpath, India Gate and Copernicus Marg will be halted.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is the main guest for this year’s Republic Day.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is being published from a syndicated feed.)

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