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India celebrates 61st Republic Day under tight security

Last updated on: January 26, 2010 20:25 IST

India celebrates 61st Republic Day under tight security

A heavy security blanket was thrown around the capital for the Republic Day with snipers and mobile hit teams fanned across the city to thwart terror attempts to disrupt the national celebrations.

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.

Text: PTI

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Source: ANI