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Tight security arrangements in Delhi on August 15, 7000 guests expected to attend Independence Day celebrations

In view of the Independence Day celebrations, cameras with facial recognition system (FRS) have been installed besides a multi-layered security cordon at the entrance of the Red Fort. The officers provided this information. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on August 15 from the ramparts of the Red Fort. According to the police, about seven thousand guests will attend the Independence Day program at the Red Fort. More than 10,000 police personnel will be deployed around the memorial on Monday.

No Kite Flying Zone around Red Fort

Delhi Police has deployed more than 400 kites or any flying objects on the terraces and other sensitive places in the Red Fort area to counter any possible threat from drones and UAVs etc. An area of five kilometers around the Red Fort has been marked as ‘No Kite Flying Zone’ till the tricolor is hoisted. An ‘anti-drone system’ is also being put in place by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and other security agencies, police said.

7 thousand guests will attend the ceremony

According to a senior police officer, high-end security cameras have been installed in and around the Red Fort and their footage will be monitored round the clock. This time, the number of invited guests has increased to seven thousand. We have also deployed FRS cameras at the entrance of the monument built during the Mughal period. He said that food, water bottles, remotely controlled car keys, smoke lighters, boxes, handbags, cameras, binoculars, umbrellas and similar items will not be allowed in the Red Fort premises.

Keeping a close eye on objects flying in the air

According to Deepender Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), the provisions of Section-144 have already been implemented in Delhi. Anyone caught flying kites, balloons or Chinese lanterns will be punished at the Red Fort from August 13 to August 15, till the end of the programme. Kite catchers have been deployed with necessary equipment at strategic locations and they will prevent any kind of kites, balloons and Chinese lanterns from reaching the ceremony area, he said.

Delhi Police patrol intensified

The police is also conducting a comprehensive investigation into the possible danger of having explosives like IEDs. In addition, around one thousand high-specificity cameras will be installed in North, Central and New Delhi district units to monitor airborne objects. He said that these cameras would also help in monitoring the ‘VVIP’ route leading up to the memorial. Delhi Police has also increased patrolling. Officials said that hotels, guest houses, parking lots and restaurants are being checked. Also, verification of tenants and servants is being done.

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