Republic Day Parade: Police ask visitors not to carry phones

Republic Day
New Delhi, Jan 17: In order to provide greater safety and security, Delhi Police has asked visitors not to carry mobile phones during Republic Day Parade 2013, the grand function to be hosted at Rajpath in New Delhi on Jan 26. Delhi Police has issued public notices in various newspapers.

"For security reasons, invitees and spectators will not be allowed to carry mobile phones in any of the enclosures on the Republic Day Parade 2013 and Beating the Retreat Ceremony. We solicit your co-operation in making the security arrangements a success," reads the Public Notice of Delhi Police.

Delhi Police is also providing 24 hour traffic helpline number 011-25844444 to assist public.

Every year, the nation host the grand parade on Rajpath to celebrate Republic Day. Its a three-day-long celebration, culminating in the beating retreat ceremony on the evening of the Jan 29. The parade showcases India's military might and cultural diversity.

On the occasion of 64th Republic day of India, King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck would be gracing the parade as the chief guest.

Delhi Police on Tuesday, Jan 15 held a meeting with police forces in neighbouring states ahead of Republic Day celebrations here during which a slew of measures like increasing police presence and intensive checking were discussed to enhance security.

At the meeting chaired by Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, senior police officers from Haryana, UP, Chandigarh, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan were present.

The objective of the meeting was to share terror related intelligence and inputs about various extremist outfits, a senior police official said.

Kumar stressed on the need for increasing police presence, intensive checking at vulnerable points, tenant verification, guest house checking and sensitisation of cyber cafe owners, second-hand car dealers, transporters, property dealers, cycle sellers, chemical dealers and phone booth owners.

He also informed the meeting about steps taken by Delhi Police to ensure security for women after the bus gangrape case. Safety of women working in BPOs, media houses, corporate houses, firms, companies and organisation and their travel during odd hours were also deliberated upon.

The official said information on wanted interstate criminals and their modus operandi was exchanged. The meeting also decided to set up strong pickets at border check posts.

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