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New Delhi, Over 6,000 gun-toting security personnel, including Delhi police sleuths and paramilitary forces, are ready to keep a hawk-eye vigil in Delhi to pre-empt any possible terrorist strike during the Independence Day celebrations on Saturday.
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An impregnable ground-to-air security apparatus has been put in place in the capital, especially around the 17th century Mughal monument Red Fort where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unfurl the tricolor and address the nation for the second time.
Amid intelligence warnings, the border areas of the city have been sealed. All the police personnel of the 180 police stations in the national capital have been deputed at every suspected crossing and intersections to keep proper watch on every moving vehicle and the activities of suspected people.
“Elaborate security arrangements have been made. Personnel from Delhi Police and paramilitary have been deployed for security. We are fully prepared to handle any unprecedented situation during the Independence Day celebration,” a senior police officer said.
The officer said localities around the Red Fort have been sanitized and informers deployed to keep a check on movement of suspicious people.
The Red Fort and areas within its five-kilometer radius has been covered by over 6,000 armed security personnel from Delhi Police, paramilitary forces and National Security Guard (NSG).
The officer said they have arranged special security for the prime minister as he is at the highest risk of a terror strike as compared to other VVIPs.
“A designated team of over 150 NSG commandos along with SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) unit and paramilitary forces will be positioned in the radius of 200-metre from the ramparts of the fort to guard the prime minister,” the officer told on the condition of anonymity.
“The commandos will be equipped with fully automatic weapons, high-tech communication gadgets, body armour, protective helmets and other security measures. They are experts in handling multiple attacks at the same time.”
Besides sky patrols by helicopters, an air defence mechanism will also be put in place around the venue during the 69th I-Day celebrations.
Security personnel along with sharpshooters of the NSG have been placed on all high rise buildings around the Red Fort.
“Over 500 CCTV s have been installed in and around the Red Fort to keep a close watch on the area. A central control room has also been set up at Red Fort to constantly monitor the situation,” the official said.
Some ultra high-resolution cameras have been mounted on the towers of the fort to keep tabs on any suspicious activity within a 5-km radius of the historic monument.
The markets or places of strategic importance are being monitored by thousands of Delhi Police personnel and paramilitary forces. Several separate teams of security officials have already been deployed at market places, airport, railway stations, inter-state bus terminals, metro stations and places of strategic importance.
Netaji Subhash Marg, S.P. Mukherjee Marg, Chandni Chowk Road (from Fountain Chowk to Red Fort), Nisad Raj Marg and Link Road will be closed for general traffic from 5-9 a.m. on Saturday.
“There is a multi layer security arrangement in the capital on the Independence occasion. Outer security will be handled by Delhi Police while other tiers of security will be monitored by NSG and paramilitary forces,” the officer said.

(IANS)

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Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

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  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS