NSA, Intelligence Chiefs Meet Rajnath Ahead of R- Day


New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and intelligence chiefs are meeting in the Home Ministry purportedly to review security measures for Tuesday’s Republic Day Parade. The nation will be celebrating its 67th Republic Day tomorrow.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief, Dineshwar Sharma and Research and Analysis Wing (RWA) chief Rajinder Khanna have joined Doval in a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior ministry officials.

French President Francois Hollande is India’s chief guest for Republic Day this year. The review meeting is taking place in the wake of the recent Pathankot terror attack and arrest of dozen terror suspects from across the country.

It is expected that 1,000 snipers and 49,000 police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed for the event, which will also be monitored by about 15,000 CCTV cameras. A seven-layer security ring will guard the enclosure that would be used by Hollande, Mukherjee and Modi.

India Gate and Rajpath have already been shut to people and the area is under constant guard by security personnel. Air space over the capital will be monitored by special radars, the officials added.

Traffic on some major arterial roads in New Delhi like Rafi Marg, Janpath, Man Singh Road will be stopped from 11 p.m. on Monday till the end of the parade.