Security protocols have also been devised for the “At Home” function at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
New Delhi: For the first time, Delhi police will be using cameras equipped with facial recognition software to identify suspects around the Red Fort, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hoist the national flag on the 73rd Independence Day. The Police has also put up posters of “wanted terrorists” in Delhi-NCR. A multi-layered security ring, including National Security Guard (NSG) snipers, elite special weapons and tactics (SWAT) commandos and kite catchers, has already been placed around the Red Fort. Special deployments have been made by the Special Protection Group (SPG) and different components of the Army and paramilitary forces, along with around 20,000 Delhi police personnel, including those from the traffic wing.
This will be PM Modi’s first Independence Day address to the nation after he returned to power with a thumping majority in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls. The entire security agencies are on their toes as they have been alerted by intelligence agencies about terror attack after the Narendra Modi led-NDA government has revoked Article 370 and 35A.
Almost 500 CCTV cameras have been installed around the venue, where ministers, bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and common people will gather to hear the Prime Minister.
The roads leading to the Red Fort are under surveillance and police personnel are taking help of trained sniffer dogs to check vehicles in north and central districts of Delhi. To ensure public convenience during mobility, optimal staff deployment and proper signage installation had been planned. Special squads on motorcycles are deployed.
Security protocols have also been devised for the “At Home” function at Rashtrapati Bhavan. At both these places, visitors will have to pass through several door-framed metal detectors and they will be frisked with hand-held metal detectors.
President’s medal for 19 police personnel
Nineteen Delhi police officials including police personnel will be conferred with the President's Police Medal for their meritorious and distinguished service on the 73rd Independence Day.
Jt.CP Shivaji Sinha, who is currently supervising the Prime Minister’s security, ACP Dinesh Tiwari who is in Legal cell and woman SI Pushpa Jaggi have been awarded President’s Police Medal for distinguished service.
While Addl.CP Chou Kundimang Mein, DCP Mohd. Akhter Rizvi and Addl DCP Harender Kumar Singh will be awarded Police medal for meritorious service.
Principal of police training school (Dwarka) Suman Nalwa, ACP Meena Naidu, Inspr. Harish Chander W/SI Kiran Sethi, ASI (Exe.) Bheru Singh Rathore and ASI (Exe.) Vijayan G, Inspr.(Steno) Rajni Lakhani, Inspr. (Look After) Arun Kumar Singh, Inspr. (Look After) Mahesh Kumar, Inspr. (Technical) Chhanda Sahijwani, Inspr. (Min.) Mohinder Singh, ASI Baig Pal Singh and Inspr. Mohan Singh Rawat are among those who have been awarded Police Medal for Meritorious Service.