New Delhi: The Intelligence Bureau has sounded terror alert for the Republic Day celebrations this week. The IB sleuths have got information about various terror groups from Lashkar-e-Taiba to ISIS planning to disrupt the function.
The full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day parade was held today. It passed through the same route as the actual parade would onÂ the Republic Day. It started at 9.50 am from Vijay Chowk and proceeded to the Red Fort.
The Intelligence Bureau has told the security agencies that Pakistani nationals may enter India on Afghan passport to carry out a terror attack.
According to the IB input, ISIS is likely to motivate its cadre to carry out terror attacks by planting improvised explosive device (IED) and by launching lone wolf attacks, as have been done several times in Europe and the Middle East.
Intelligence inputs also suggest that the ISIS may use spoofed telephone number to elicit information from security agencies about their interests.
Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jash-e-Mohammed may use paragliders, remote-controlled flying objects and drone camera-enabled objects to carry out its plan.
In the view of terror threat, the Delhi Police have made extensive security arrangements in the national capital. The city has been virtually converted into a fortress.
The rail traffic will remain temporarily suspended over Tilak Bridge in New Delhi on the Republic Day during 9 am to 12 noon. It was suspended today during the same time when full dress rehearsal was conducted.
Earlier this month, the Delhi Police had banned flying mini and micro aerial vehicles including hot balloons in the national capital after intelligence inputs suggested that terrorists may use similar articles to carry out their designs.
The Defence Ministry and Delhi Police have made a multi-layered security arrangement for the Republic Day parade. Elaborate ground to air security and traffic management system has been put in place.
Barricades have been installed at all exit and entry points and other sensitive locations on the Rajpath. Additional security personnel have been deployed at key locations including shopping malls, railway stations, bus terminals and metro stations.
Crown Prince of UAE Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the chief guest at this year’s Republic Day parade celebrations at the Rajpath in New Delhi.