New Delhi, Aug 15 : Amid mutli-layered security arrangements, the 73rd Independence Day celebrations began at the majestic Red fort in the National Capital on Thursday.
The Delhi Police has roped in specialised units of the National Security Guard, Special Protection Group, Indo Tibetan Border Police commandos and others who stood guard at their positions working in close co-ordination to secure the Red Fort and surrounding areas and also vital installations.
Facial Recognition System were also functional at vantage points for suspect identification, while all the buildings that fall opposite to the Red Fort were secured by the security agencies.
Security personnel were seen on the roof-tops of the buildings facing the Red Fort. Besides the Red Fort the core VVIP zone of the National Capital is under security agencies hawk eyes, while security personnel were also stationed at rise buildings.
Airspace restrictions will continue till the celebrations end.
Around 20,000 personnel alone from the Delhi Police have been deployed for the Independence day arrangements with additional force from the other agencies.
The specialised units of Delhi police like the SWAT teams and Parakram vans are placed at and around Red Fort and other important locations in the city city that witness large footfall such as railway stations and bus terminus, including the busy markets.
The security personnel have been deployed in plain clothes to keep a sharp eye on any suspicious movement or such activity. Intensified checking was being conducted across the city with increased pickets since Wednesday night in view of Independence day.
Elaborate traffic arrangements have been made with optimal deployment of staff, and signages for public convenience for maintaining the flow of traffic while the festivities are on.
Apart from securing the main venue at Red Fort, adequate security arrangements have been made across the city along with a city wide alert being exercised by all the District Deputy Commissioners of Police.
Security and checking at the borders of the National Capital has also been stepped up in view of the I -Day. A couple of days ago, the forces were on alert in view of the upcoming event and the security at the Delhi Metro has also been increased. (UNI)