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6,000 Personnel, 150 CCTVs & Anti-Drone Teams: Security Beefed Up in Delhi For Republic Day Celebrations

Delhi has turned into a fortress with 6,000 security personnel standing guard as part of a multi-layer security cover on Republic Day to thwart any untoward incident. The cops are also conducting anti-sabotage checks, verification drives and patrolling to thwart any untoward incidents, said officials.

Apart from police personnel, 24 help desks have also been set up for people those attending the celebrations at the Kartavya Path. Police said that around 60,000 to 65,000 people are expected to attend the Republic Day celebrations.

Entry Based On QR Codes This Year

This year, entry is based on QR code given on passes. No person without a valid pass or ticket would be allowed, according to Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Pranav Tayal.

150 CCTVs Installed, Anti Drone Team Deployed 

More than 150 CCTV cameras have been installed and some of them also have the facial recognition system, the DCP said. Police said an NSG-DRDO anti-drone team has been deployed.

Extra pickets have also been set up on the borders of the national capital and vehicles entering the city are being checked, according to the officials.

Anti-Sabotage Checks At High-Footfall Areas

The anti-sabotage checks are being conducted in markets, high footfall areas and prominent places by the Bomb Disposal Team along with dog squads, police said.

For the last two to three months, verifications drive are being carried out in hotels, dharamshalas, guest houses, cinema halls, parking lots and bus terminals, a senior police official said.

Paramilitary Personnel Also in Action

Police as well as paramilitary personnel have been briefed about security protocols and procedures, the officials said.

Police said that patrolling is being carried out, while audio and visual messages through public announcement systems are being played in high footfall.

Area Dominance & Police Visibility

They said area dominance and police visibility has been enhanced in the city by regular group foot patrolling and intensive checking at pickets.

In the run up to Republic Day, Delhi Police asked people through social media to alert them about any suspicious person, activity or article.

Tenant and servant verification has been done, police said, adding that surprise checks were being conducted at hotels, guest houses and dharamshalas.

Flying of Sub-Conventional Aerial Platforms Banned

The Delhi Police has prohibited the flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms like para-gliders, para motors, hang gliders, UAVs, microlight aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot air balloons, small size-powered aircraft, quadcopters or para jumping from aircraft over the jurisdiction of Delhi till February 15.

According to the officials, anti-terror measures were intensified in coordination with other security agencies.

(With inputs from PTI)

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