Tight security in Capital ahead of Independence Day

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New Delhi, Aug 10: With the memory of the bomb blasts in Ahmedabad and Bangalore last month still fresh, vigil has been stepped up in the National Capital with additional deployment of forces at sensitive places and increased surveillance at hotels, cyber cafes, guesthouses and on the borders.

To avoidd taking any chance in the wake of the serial blasts in Ahmedabad and Bangalore, the Delhi Police have issued instructions to operators of hotels, guesthouses, cyber cafes, telephone booths and taxi services to increase surveillance of activities on their premises and report any suspicious activity. The operators of these places have been asked to keep a record of their customers. Further, guesthouses and cyber cafes have been asked to install CCTVs at the entrance and some other locations in their premises to facilitate increased surveillance of customers activities police sources said.

Further, in the runup to the Independence Day celebrations, the Delhi Police plan to install 34 CCTVs in crowded areas from Sunday, Aug 10 sources said. Further, additional deployment of security forces is being made at sensitive locations like the Inter State Bus Terminals, Railway Stations, Airports and market places, police sources added.

Additional deployment has also been made at the borders of the city. In the coming days, about 2000 to 3000 additional police personnel, including those from the Border Security Force, (BSF) Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Rapid Action Force, (RAF) are to be deployed in border areas.

Traffic personnel have been asked to keep an eye on the security aspects in addition to their traffic management responsibilities. A heavy security cordon has been thrown around the historic Red Fort, the venue of the Independence Day celebrations. Sources said around 4000 security personnel will man the area around the Red Fort.

The Delhi Police was in full state of preparedness to deal with any eventuality, the sources added. Infact, senior officials of the police in the various states comprising the National Capital Region (NCR) met earlier this week to review the security scenario ahead of Independence Day celebrations.


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