New Delhi: Heavy security cover has been put in place at the historic Red Fort, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the 72nd Independence Day on Wednesday.
Security has been tightened at critical areas in the national capital and police are on high alert in the wake of an attack on JNU student leader Umar Khalid in the Lutyens' Delhi area on Monday, a senior police officer said.
Nearly 70,000 Delhi Police personnel have been deployed in the national capital, while around 10,000 cops will guard the Red Fort, where senior ministers, top bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and common people will be in attendance during the PM's address on Wednesday.
More than 500 CCTV cameras have been installed on the routes leading to the Red Fort with over 200 camera in the fort itself. Police said that the footage is being monitored round the clock.
This time, 36 women personnel of the Delhi Police Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit will also be deployed at the venue along with their male counterparts.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said in a statement that train services will run as usual. But stations like Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Delhi Gate and ITO will have restricted entry and exit during the ceremony due to security concerns.
Parking will not be available at the stations till 2 pm tomorrow in view of the security measures, the DMRC said.