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Security ramped up across India ahead of 68th Republic Day

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:53 GMT, Jan 25, 2017 |
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Security was beefed up across India on Wednesday (January 25) ahead of the 68th Republic Day celebrations to prevent any untoward incidents.

Armed police and paramilitary personnel were deployed at strategic places across New Delhi.

Special security arrangements have been put in place at Rajpath – a ceremonial boulevard in the capital where thousands including the Indian president and prime minister will witness the Republic Day parade. A security blanket was spread across VIP and VVIP routes.

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan would be the chief guest at India’s colourful Republic Day parade on Thursday (January 26).

Reportedly, over 25,000 policemen have been deployed across the capital. Roads were barricaded and police personnel were seen checking vehicles.

Meanwhile, India’s northern Jammu and Kashmir state turned into a virtual fortress to thwart any militant attacks, which have seen a spike in the last few months.

Inspector General, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Ravideep Sahi, said the threat perception this year was higher as compared to the previous years.

“The situation in the valley as of now is quite fluid and this year we have received more inputs as compared to last year. The threat perception is high if we compare the Republic Day celebration in 2016. Accordingly, in coordination and consultation with the state police we have made elaborate security arrangements in Srinagar so as to ensure that the major function of Republic Day goes off peacefully,” said Sahi.

Security personnel were seen deployed at critical areas in Srinagar, the summer capital of the state.

Roads were barricaded and police personnel stepped up checking of vehicles and residents across important installations.

A majestic military parade and display of Indian weaponry is held every year on January 26 to observe Republic Day when the Indian constitution was adopted and the country was declared a sovereign republic in 1950.

Stretching from the president’s palace to the war memorial of India Gate, the parade showcases the Indian Army’s valour, military strength, tanks, fighter jets and colourful trails of tableaux from all Indian provinces.