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Aug 14, 2008 at 07:50pm IST

Security tightens in Delhi for I-Day

New Delhi: India will celebrate its 61st Independence Day on Friday and the Delhi police have stepped up security in the capital.

The Delhi police have made tight security arrangements and tried to sensitise schools, hospitals and the general public about the possible threats.

It is that time of the year when the Delhi police are in its highest state of alertness and do not want to take any chances especially with the security threats.

“We have got intelligence inputs about terror threats to politicians, strategic areas and monuments and all security arrangements have been made keeping this in mind,” says Joint CP, Traffic S N Srivastava.

Since then, regular anti-sabotage checks have been happening around the Red Fort area. Approximately 170 companies of police personnel and paramilitary forces have been stationed across all strategic areas, including 8000 police personnel at Red Fort alone.

More than 35 CCTV cameras have been placed at different points and three helicopters will be brought in for air surveillance. Anti aircraft guns have also been positioned at different places.

No mobile phones, food packets and water bottles will be allowed inside the venue.

As far as the New Delhi district is concerned 100 PCRs will be deployed along the route to be taken by the Prime Minister and the President and approximately 3000 security personnel will also deployed along this route.

Like every other year all strategic areas in the capital are well guarded. But after the back to back blasts of Bangalore and Ahmedabad, the Delhi police have also been sensitising various hospitals in the capital about the security threat.

All hospitals and especially the trauma centres have been asked to verify all patients properly and be in a state of preparedness.

The police officials have also been trying to sensitise citizens through their eyes and ears scheme.

They have also asked the general public to call on 1090 if they find anything suspicious lying anywhere because the security of the capital is the responsibility of the general public too.