Increased Security in Delhi for Independence Day
The country will celebrate its 71st Independence Day on August 15.
The entire country of New Delhi has been placed under an unprecedented ground-to-air security cover for it's 71st Independence Day celebration.
The nation's capital, Red Fort, will see the majority of the security as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation.
Close to 70,000 Delhi police personnel will be guarding the national capital while another 9,100 police will be deployed in and around the historic Mughal fort which will see the presence of senior ministers, top bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and citizens during the address from the Prime Minister.
Two dozen vans manned by quick reaction teams of NSG-trained commandos will be stationed in areas with high foot traffic to thwart any attempt by terror groups to disrupt peace. As many as 11 such vans have been deployed in the area around the Red Fort.
At Red Fort, a special team of NSG snipers and commandos will form the inner layers of the security cordon while anti-aircraft guns have been deployed to thwart any aerial intrusion by objects like drones and projectiles, senior police officials said.
Delhi Police has already prohibited aerial activities, including para-gliding, flying UAVs and hot air balloons, across the city.