Security blanket over city after fresh terror alerts

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SummaryThe Intelligence Bureau (IB) has issued two fresh terror alerts, including the possibility of a fidayeen attack in the national capital ahead of Independence Day.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has issued two fresh terror alerts, including the possibility of a fidayeen attack in the national capital ahead of Independence Day. Following the input, the Delhi Police has beefed up security across the capital, especially within a six-km radius of the Red Fort, where I-Day celebrations will be held.

Sources said more women security personnel had been deployed this year over fears of a woman fidayeen carrying out an attack.

A review meeting was held at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), attended by the IB chief, director-generals of the CRPF and the CISF and the Delhi Police chief. The entire security apparatus to be implemented was chalked out at the meeting.

Sources said a six-layer security apparatus will be in place. Three choppers armed with night-vision devices, 100 CCTV cameras, up from 70 last year, and a 7,000-strong police force will be deployed within a six-km radius of the Red Fort. As many as 300 PCR vans, up from 180 last year, will be deployed in the area.

The CCTV cameras at the Red Fort will be connected to the C4i centre at the Police Headquarters. Sources said 500 commandos — the largest deployed so far — will be deployed 24 hours prior to August 15 celebrations.

Security at other vulnerable locations, including the Indira Gandhi International airport (IGIA) which falls in the category of ‘hyper sensitive’ airports, too has been beefed up.

Though there is no specific threat to IGIA, an extra company of the Delhi Police has been deployed there. Two sections of commandos (each has seven men) have also been deployed to secure the airport. CISF too has tightened vigil. Extensive passenger profiling and vehicle checks are being conducted at both terminals. Both city side and air side security deployment has been increased. Sources said anti-aircraft guns will be in place to counter any unmanned aerial attack.

The security tier will consist of Delhi Police personnel on the ground with sniffer dogs and the bomb squad followed by paramilitary forces, intelligence officers and a ring of IB officers. All high-rise buildings will be sealed 24 hours before the event.

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