The commission rate police of Bhubaneshwar had taken various steps to prevent any illegal activities in the city during the time of parade and celebration. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hoisted the flag and addressed the people gathered at Mahatma Gandhi Marg (MGM) for the occasion.
Talking to the media, public relation officer of commission rate police Anil Patra said, "Three DCP and 21 platoon police force were appointed to maintain the Law & Order."
"SOG jawans, anti-terrorist squads, snipers, sharpshooters and bomb disposal squads were kept a close watch along the route of the Republic Day parade. A multi-layer security ring were put in place at the parade venue. A special emphasis is being laid on anti-sabotage checks, access control measures and intelligence coordination," Patra said.
Patrolling in crowded market areas was intensified and checking and frisking in airport, railway stations and bus terminals was tightened.
For the smooth movement of traffic, city police have also issued traffic advisory specifying curbs on movement of vehicles and asked people to avoid the parade route. No heavy vehicle were played towards Master Canteen Square; either from Ram Mandir Crossing or Rajmahal Crossing, from 6.30 am till the parade was over. All the lanes touching MGM were sealed. Only pedestrians were allowed to reach MGM. Restriction had also been imposed on the movement of two-wheelers and light vehicles near the parade venue.
Besides, to prevent possible Maoist attacks on Republic Day, security measures in Naxal-hit districts were also increased and a strict vigil was kept on the inter-state borders, a senior police officer said.
The reporter works for Iamin.in