45,000 security personnel to guard Delhi on R-Day

Written by | January 24, 2015 | 0

New Delhi: Over 1,000 NSG snipers along with 44,000 security personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary forces will be guarding the national capital on Republic Day to ensure a safe visit of US President Barack Obama.

The National Security Guard snipers will maintain a hawk-eye vigil from high-rise buildings within a two-km radius of Rajpath, from where the US president along with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be watching the Republic Day parade.

Police said the remaining 44,000 security personnel — around 10,000 from the paramilitary forces and 30,000 from Delhi Police — will be deployed on the streets of the capital starting 5 a.m. Jan 26.

Sources said the central, north and New Delhi districts will be manned by over 20,000 security personnel.

Around 20,000 personnel will be deployed at specific locations from Jan 25, the day Obama arrives in Delhi and the number will almost double Jan 26, Delhi Police said.

Around 15,000 newly-installed CCTV cameras will be used to keep watch in areas where Obama’s cavalcade will move as also some other roads and markets.

Rajpath, the three-km stretch which is the main venue of the Republic Day parade, has nearly 160 CCTV cameras. One camera has been installed every 18 metres.

A Delhi Police official, who did not want to be named, said camera footage may be shared with the US Secret Service

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