Rajnath Chairs High Level Security Meet


New Delhi: A high-level security meet is underway at Home Ministry in view of security measures to be taken on Republic Day.

Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief, chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RWA), National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior officials from the Home Ministry are said to be present in the meeting to discuss the security situation ahead of Republic Day celebration at Red Fort tomorrow.

French President Francois Hollande has been invited to India as a chief guest for Republic Day this year. It will a three-day visit for Hollande, which started on Sunday, January 24.

Keeping in mind the recent Pathankot terror attack and arrest of dozen terror suspects from across the country, 1,000 snipers along with 49,000 paramilitary personnel under the close watch of 15,000 CCTV cameras will guard the capital on the Republic Day to ensure a safe visit of the chief guest, French President Francois Hollande.

Police said the 49,000 security personnel — around 15,000 from the paramilitary forces and 34,000 from Delhi Police — will be deployed on the streets of the capital starting at 5 a.m. on January 26.

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.

The airspace 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.