A Seven-Layer Security Ring For The Republic Day Parade
As part of the planned exceptional ground-to-air security drill that will turn the national capital into an invulnerable fortress, during the visit of Obama as Chief Guest for the main Republic Day celebrations on January 26, a seven-layer security ring will be thrown around the VVIP enclosure on Rajpath. The airspace over the Rajpath area would be monitored by a radar to be particularly set up for the purpose.
The surveillance operations in all the areas of the national capital will be monitored by a multi-agency control room. The national capital has been put on the highest alert because of the visit of the US President. Obama will be arriving on January 25th on a three-day visit to the country.
Though there is no definite intelligence input about a possible terror strike, the chances of threat are the highest, said the officials engaged in the security preparations.
The American Secret Service personnel who have already reached the capital and Agra have conducted the preliminary survey of the routes to be taken by the US President. They also surveyed the security option at Rajpath where Obama will be seated along with President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hosts of other VVIPs to watch the Republic Day parade.
India has turned down the suggestion by Barack Obama‘s security teams that a 5-km “no-fly zone” be imposed around Rajpath during the Republic Day parade.
There is a possibility that the chief guest, for the first time, will arrive at the venue separately rather than with the President in his bulletproof limousine. If he does come with the President, he will be possibly the first US President not to travel in his own highly-secured ‘Beast’.
According to official sources, there will be a seven layer security ring around the VVIP enclosure. The special protection group and the secret service personnel will form the close proximity ring.
The Concealed Anti-Terrorists (CAT) squads have been brought to the capital to carry out surprise checks at vulnerable localities and in hotels.
The Secret Services personnel have taken over the The ITC Maurya hotel, where the US President will be staying. The US officials have set up a multi-frequency control room as well. American security personnel will also survey the control rooms set up to watch footage from nearly 15,000 CCTVs installed in the capital.
Apart from the 80,000-member Delhi Police, additional 20,000 paramilitary personnel and armed police forces from the neighbouring states, including Haryana, Rajasthan and India Reserve Battalions have been pressed into service to ensure foolproof security in the capital.