One lakh policemen to be deployed for I Day security in TN

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Chennai, Aug 13 (UNI) About one lakh police personnel would be deployed on security duty all over Tamil Nadu to prevent any untoward incidents on Independence Day.

The State had already been under thick security cover after police busted a terror module, involving Muslim fundamentalists, who had planned to trigger blasts in Tirunelveli and Chennai, in places of worship and in running trains on August 15.

As the D-day nears, security arrangements has further been heightened in all vital installations in the city and in places where public congregate in large number, Tamil Nadu Director General of Police K P Jain said.

In an informal chat with mediapersons after witnessing the Independence Day rehearsal programme along with Chennai City Police Commissioner R Sekar in front of Fort St George here, he said security had been tightened at important places like railway stations, bus depots and places of worship.

''We have made strong security arrangements in view of the Independce Day. People can celebrate the day without any fear,'' he said and added that special police force and Home Guards were also deployed on security duty.

Meanwhile, police sources said vehicle checks and patrolling have been intensified. All vehicles entering the State were subjected to thorough checks.

In Chennai alone, about 15,000 police personnel have been deployed on security duty.

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