Kolkata: Beefing up security ahead of the 70th Independence Day, authorities have deployed around 2000 police personnel equipped with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for surveillance across Kolkata and adjoining areas.
The police have also set up checking points including 10 sand-bag bunkers at strategic location to monitor vehicular movements and people from entry and exit points of the city. Special security arrangements have been made in sensitive areas like Howrah and Sealdah station and at Dum Dum airport.
Six watch towers have also been set up at key junctures while UAVs would be pressed into service for aerial surveillance and the Special Task Force of the city police would keep a hawk eye on movement across the city through CCTV cameras.
Radio Flying Squads and Quick Response Teams would be on stand by while CCTV cameras have also been installed for the event. 10 ambulances have been kept at the ready for any emergency.
Security has also been beefed up around vital defence installations like Fort William. Key tourist attractions Like Victoria memorial has also been covered under security blanket. The Red Road area too has been secured.
The central intelligence agencies have issued alerts of a possible terror strike in the city planned by Pakistan and Bangladesh based Jihadi outfits. The recent wave of attacks in Assam and reports of militants crossing into the state too has ringed alarm bells in the security circle.
The arrest of several ISI agents from the heart of the city few months back too had added to the concern of security establishment. With the recent unrest in Kashmir and northeast Jihadi elements are keen to exploit the situation and can target metro cities to instill panic, said a top police official.