India celebrates 61st Republic Day under tight security
The security measures were planned in the backdrop of intelligence inputs about Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayiba acquiring over 50 para-gliding equipment which could be used to launch an air-borne suicide attack.
A ground-to-air security apparatus had been put in place for the celebrations while over 15,000 security personnel kept a tight watch between Vijay Chowk and Red Fort, the 8-km long route through which the parade showcasing the country's diversity and military prowess passed through.
A 192 companies (over 15,000) police and paramilitary personnel were deployed on the parade route. This is apart from the resources available with New Delhi and Central Delhi police districts.
A senior police official said a multi-layer security ring was put in place at Rajpath.Mobile hit teams, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters of the National Security Guards were deployed at various places. Snipers were deployed at high-rise buildings, specially on the parade route, while a total of 105 CCTVs were installed to keep a vigil on people's movement between Rajpath and Red Fort.