The security arrangements made on the 66th Republic day of India were of the highest order as the leader of the world’s oldest democracy – Mr. Barrack Obama – arrived in the country on the invitation of the leader of the world’s largest democracy – Mr. Narendra Modi.
Secret Service, CIA, Navy Seals of US and India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau, paramilitary forces and Army have been working together for the safety of the two leaders, who face a high degree of threat from global terrorist groups. According to intelligence source, Obama receives over 20 threats per day on an average while Modi receives at least 10 threats on a daily basis.
Intelligence agencies have been monitoring every satellite phone call made from Pakistan and Dubai around the event.
Unlike the previous events, where around 25,000 police, paramilitary and other officers worked alone in Delhi to make the Republic Day safe, this time the numbers touched 40,000 to 45,000 with Secret Service and SPG closely monitoring every security detail. Several contingency routes and exits were made for any case of emergency.
About 500 cameras were installed to secure perimeter around Rajpath, of these 165 monitored Rajpath’s 3km stretch, which marching contingents and tableau took.
There were 65 cameras monitoring Dalhousie Road and Rajpath to cover all entry and exit enclosures & saluting dais.
Around 100 cameras covered central district areas like Jama Masjid, Daryaganj, IP Estate, Delhi Gate, and ITO. 54 fixed and pan-tilt-zoom cameras monitored areas like Chandni Chowk and Sunehri Masjid.
Each district with a separate control room linked to the nearest police station or post with cyber highway nodes. Overall connectivity was with the control room at police headquarters through optic fibers.
Metro services at all metro stations within a radius of six to seven kilometers were closed. Double security check and verification for the participants in the parade tableau was possible as they passed close to the dais where the leaders sat.
Buildings around Rajpath: North Block, South Block, Rail Bhavan, Krishi Bhavan, Shastri Bhavan, Vayu Bhavan, Nirman Bhavan, Udyog Bhavan, Jawahar Bhavan, Vigayan Bhavan and National Museum were secured 48hours prior to Republic Day celebrations. No one was allowed inside except for the security personnel. Snipers were deployed at more than 70 high-rise buildings around central Delhi.
No fly zone was extended to 400km from the earlier 300km radius, now covering the cities of Jaipur, Agra and up to Pakistan border. Indian Air Force (IAF) provided air cover to the parade area and the VVIP’s.