10,000 cops to guard Red Fort on I-Day

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There will be a special focus this year on containing sub-conventional aerial objects and real-time coordination with intelligence and central agencies is being maintained along with interstate coordination…reports Asian Lite News

More than 10,000 police personnel would be deployed around the historic Red Fort on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day on August 15, the Delhi Police said on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address the nation from the ramparts of the Mughal-era monument on Independence Day.

Like every year, the police said it has made elaborate security arrangements for Independence Day, which would be “flawless and foolproof”. “On the occasion of Independence Day, more than 10,000 police personnel would be deployed in different roles across the Red Fort and the routes leading to the venue. We have made flawless and foolproof security arrangements for the day,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Dependra Pathak.

There will be a special focus this year on containing sub-conventional aerial objects and real-time coordination with intelligence and central agencies is being maintained along with interstate coordination, the officer said. “We are also carrying out a massive checking to detect the presence of IEDs (improvised explosive devices), if any. The staff is being briefed about adequate security, training and deployment as per plans,” he added.

In order to contain balloons and kite-flying, over 400 kite fliers have been deployed at the Red Fort and nearby areas, Pathak said. “We are also spreading awareness through residential welfare associations and market welfare associations. We are urging people to follow the advisory issued to ensure that kites, balloons or any kind of flying objects are not seen around the monument on August 15,” he said. 

During the prime minister’s Independence Day address in 2017, a kite had landed just below the podium. The prime minister had, however, continued with his address unfazed.

400 kite fliers deployed to contain balloons

There will be a special focus on containing sub-conventional aerial objects and real-time coordination with central agencies is being maintained, the officer said. In order to contain balloons and kite-flying, over 400 kite fliers have been deployed at the Red Fort.

ITBP Women troops conduct special patrol

In a remarkable display of patriotism towards the country, the women troops of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) carried out a special patrol themed at the Centre’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav ahead of India’s 75th Independence Day.

The patrol which was carried out in the border areas of Uttarakhand was led by all women soldiers who walked all the way to the height of 17,000 feet and later hoisted the tricolour with pride.

The video and pictures of the same were also shared on the official Twitter handle of the ITBP showing the proud troops walking during the patrol and holding the national flag. Notably, the gesture also marks promoting the government’s Har Ghar Tiranga campaign. ITBP as a whole has been carrying out several programs on a large scale for the past few days in a bid to encourage citizens to participate in the movement. 

It is pertinent to note that ITBP had women personnel on Border Out Posts since 2016 and so far the force has close to 2,500 women in its ranks.

Centre’s large-scale plans

The ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign has been launched by the Ministry of Culture to mark the celebration of India’s 75th Independence Day. While the idea behind it is to invoke a feeling of patriotism among the people, large-scale preparations are being to involve more and more people in the movement. National flags are also being made in huge quantity keeping in view the demand among people.

As a part of the movement, the Centre has targeted to encourage the hoisting of the Tricolour atop more than 20 crore houses between August 13 and August 15.

While 100 crore people are expected to participate in the campaign to rededicate themselves to the service of Mother India, it will also greatly contribute to inculcating a new sense of patriotism among people, it said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also called upon the people to participate in the campaign.

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