Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Red Fort and inspects the guard of honour. Accompanying him is Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspecting the guard of honour at Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day.
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Independence Day celebrations begin at Red Fort
Multi-layered security arrangement in Delhi for I-Day celebrations
SWAT commandos and NSG snipers have been deployed while for the first time cameras with facial recognition software are being used to secure the historic Red Fort where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hoist the national flag on the 73rd Independence Day on Thursday.
Around 500 CCTV cameras have been installed around the venue, where ministers, bureaucrats, foreign dignitaries and common people will gather to hear the prime minister.
Army, paramilitary forces and 20,000 Delhi Police personnel have also been deployed. The roads leading to the Red Fort are under surveillance and police personnel are taking help of sniffer dogs to check vehicles in north and central districts of Delhi.
Ex-CMs, MPs unlikely to attend Independence Day function in Jammu and Kashmir
Former Chief Ministers and the local MPs are unlikely to attend the first-ever Independence Day celebrations in J&K after its special status was revoked on August 5, as the current dispensation has put in place stringent security measures for celebrations in all districts.
Asked if the regional party leaders, including incarcerated National Conference president and Srinagar MP Farooq Abdullah and two former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, would be allowed to attend the function in Srinagar, J&K government spokesman Rohit Kansal avoided a direct answer.
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