New Delhi, Jan 26 : As the nation celebrated its 71st Republic day on Sunday, the national capital, gripped in patriotic fervour, was turned into a fortress with around 40,000 security personnel keeping a hawk-eyed vigil to thwart any untoward incident during the celebrations.
The multi-layer security cover, this year, was enhanced, keeping in view the security threats and the ongoing anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests across the country. A special vigil was kept on the 8-km long parade route from Rajpath to Red Fort, police said. Sharpshooters and snipers were deployed atop high-rise buildings to keep a watch on the parade route.
A total of 150 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at several locations including Chandni Chowk, Red Fort and Yamuna Khadar. There was also an enhancement in security checking and frisking of commuters at all Delhi metro stations. Security was also stepped up at Railway stations, Airport and bus terminals.
As per Delhi Police's instructions, the services of Delhi Metro were partially curtailed today as part of the security arrangements for the Republic Day celebrations . Entry and Exit at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan Metro stations remained close from start of revenue services till 1200 hrs. Patel Chowk and Lok Kalyan Marg Metro stations entry and exit remained closed from 0845 hrs to 1200 hrs. Police said ahead of Republic Day, intensive foot patrolling at malls, strong vigil from Morchas in markets and border picket checking were carried out. (UNI)