India under security cloak for R-day

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 15:31 hrs

Security has been tightened across the country as India gears up to celebrate the 64th Republic Day on Saturday.

In the national capital, security has been increased ahead of the celebrations with police searching vehicles coming to the city from national capital regions.

The police are also monitoring the Metro stations, Delhi airports, railway stations and bus depots.

The police have searched the area between Vijay Chowk and Red Fort where the Republic Day parade will be hosted.

According to reports, at least 160 CCTV cameras have been installed between Rajpath and Red Fort.

Apart from the capital city, security has been upped in several other parts of the country.

In Mumbai, a Martyrs´ Memorial will be inaugurated in Vile Parle area.

"Vile Parle suburb of Mumbai will see the inauguration of a Martyrs´ Memorial or ShaheedSmarak on Republic Day. A 7-ft sculpture of a lion cast in bronze has been fashioned by artisan OmprakashShirgaonkar," The Times of India reported.

"The statue was commissioned by local MLA Krishna Hegde. Actor Ajay Devgan, MP Priya Duttand Anuradha Gore will collectively hoist the tricolour at 9.30 am on Jan 26 before inaugurating the Shaheed Smarak.

The assembly will pay homage to Lance Naiks Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh who were brutally killed and mutilated by Pakistani troops at the Line of Control," the newspaper reported.

In Jammu and Kashmir´s Srinagar city, additional police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed ahead of the Republic Day celebrations on Saturday.

The police are also conducting random searches of vehicles, reports said.

Security has been increased in other cities of India, including Kolkata, Bangalore, Lucknow and Chennai, for the Republic Day.

More than 2,000 police personnel have been deputed in Bangalore for the bandobast duty.

"All these preparations are already in place. The participants and citizens have nothing to fear," Bangalore Police Commissioner J.P. Mirji told The Hindu.

Meanwhile, two powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were recovered in Assam on Thursday ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, officials said.

A powerful bomb was found near a police station in Assam's Darrang district on Thursday morning.

"The bomb was found near the Mangaldoi police station and parade ground on Thursday morning," a top police official said.

"The bomb was planted by suspected militants for triggering explosion targeting security forces," the police said.

Later army bomb squad team defused the bomb.

Anti-talk faction group of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) took responsibility for planting the bomb.

In a separate incident, an IED was found at Goreswar Gasbari area on Thursday morning.

The IED was planted by suspected anti-talk faction group of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) near a culvert of Baihata-Goreswar road.

On Wednesday, three hand grenades were recovered inside the Kakopathar police station in Tinsukia district.

Outlawed ULFA militants attacked the Namtola police station in Sivsagar district on Jan 22 night, where a police constable was injured and four vehicles were damaged by bullets.

Eleven outfits of North Eastern region of India including ULFA and NDFB have called a general strike on Jan 26 and urged people to boycott the Republic Day celebrations.

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