Security Tightened at Red Fort ahead of Independence Day


Guwahati: The historic monument of Red Fort in the national capital is gearing up to host the nation’s Independence Day celebrations on August 15.

All security arrangements including extra precautionary and preventive measures against COVID-19 are being put in place to ensure a seamless event.

A two-day vaccination camp was organised for all the staff present in the Red Fort in a step towards taking guard against the coronavirus whose first wave last year and the second wave earlier this year went on to create a rampage.

The prime minister hoists the flag every year on Independence Day and addresses the country from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

The security personnel and other staff engaged in security near the Prime Minister will be tested for Covid-19 two days before August 15. Also, those who have not been vaccinated will be given the jabs.

Similar to last year’s arrangements, limited chairs have been placed this time as well. The chairs of all the leaders sitting around the Prime Minister have been installed, maintaining a distance of two yards.

Citing the farmers’ tractor rally on January 26 that took a violent turn in the national capital, the police said they are taking no chances.

The containers will be decorated and painted, said the police.

Sources in the Delhi police say this is also being done after the recent drone attacks.

Students of NCC will be called on Independence Day, although their number will also be limited.

According to the information, athletes who won medals at the Tokyo Olympics will also get a place near the Prime Minister this time. A separate corridor has been made for their movement and arrival.

Meanwhile, tight security arrangements are being put in place.

On January 26 this year, protesting farmers had entered the premises of the Red Fort in the backdrop of the ongoing farmers protest resulting in clashes with the security forces. In order to avoid such an incident again, the police are on high alert bearing in mind terror threats.