India gears up for 70th Independence Day, heightens security

Delhi Police has prohibited aerial activities, including paragliding and flying hot air balloons, across the city. Photograph:( AFP )

New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 14, 2016, 06.41 PM (IST)
Security was beefed up across India on Sunday (August 14) on the eve of the country's 70th Independence Day.

The capital New Delhi and adjoining areas have been put under an unprecedented air to ground security cover with hawk-eye vigil being maintained across the entire national capital.

A multi-layer security has also been thrown around Rajpath in central Delhi, where a seven-day-long cultural festival 'Bharat Parv' is underway.

New Delhi's Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Jatin Narwal said the police was ensuring safety of the people.

"We have made strong arrangements for Independence Day related programmes. We have made full proof security arrangements for 'Bharat Parv' programme since August 12 till August 18 along the Rajpath. We are doing proper frisking and anti-sabotage checks. Our policemen are also deployed at other routes. We are ensuring public security so that they can enjoy programmes smoothly," said Narwal.

Delhi Police has already prohibited aerial activities, including paragliding and flying hot air balloons, across the city.

Meanwhile, security measures in northern Jammu and Kashmir state were tightened, with large contingents of security personnnel being deployed in several regions of the curfew-bound province.

Security checks were also being carried out at forest areas near the national highway to prevent any unwanted activity.

"In view of unrest in Kashmir, elaborate security arrangements have been made both at Katra as well as in Udhampur. Joint checking and patrolling is going on at the national highway. In Katra joint (unclear) have been established," said Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Surinder Kumar Gupta.

Police in southern Chennai city checked luggage of people travelling in and out of the city. More personnel were deployed at busy locations, including the railway station.

India achieved its independence from the British on August 15, 1947, ending decades of rule.