Capital under strict security umbrella on R-Day eve

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New Delhi, Jan 25 (UNI) The Delhi Police have appealed to the people, on the Republic Day eve, to remain vigilant in view of the general threat perception and report any suspicious movement or objects arousing suspicion.

In close association with paramilitary forces and Home Guards, the Delhi Police have put in place all resources at its disposal for the peaceful conduct of the January 26 celebrations and the subsequent Beating the Retreat and Martyrs Day ceremonies.

Special drives to check possible terrorist hide-outs and tenant verification have been initiated besides regular checking of hotels, guest houses and cyber cafes, said an official today.

''Close coordination with neighbouring states and strengthening of border checkposts to prevent entry of undesirable elements were being done, even as patrolling at important places and points intensified.'' Security has also been substantially upgraded at railway stations, and inter-state bus terminuses with emphasis on anti-sabotage checks and proper frisking, he said.

''Special focus has been given to the Delhi Metro, vital public installations and VIP routes in the capital.'' The Railways has deployed additional RPF staff for anti-sabotage checks at railway installations, passenger coaches, railway infrastructure and to keep vigil on suspected people and objects.

Another senior official involved in the security set-up said elaborate air defence measures were also in place to check violation of air space restrictions. ''Three helicopters will maintain air surveillance all along the route of the parade.'' Several commandos of the Delhi Police and ITBP and mobile hit teams and super snipers of the NSG have been placed at critical junctures along with several squads of PCR vans have been deployed to help smooth conduct of the R-Day celebrations, he added.

In its message to the people, the Delhi Police have asked the people to not bring cell phones, cameras, bags, water bottles, flasks, transisters, remote controlled car keys, and toys at the parade venue to facilitate security check-up.

Meanwhile, the Red Fort here will remain closed to the public and general visitors due to security reasons during the Republic Day celebrations.

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