Police have beefed up security across all the city for a peaceful Republic Day celebration. Checking and nakabandis are being conducted for three days so that no one can transport any weapon or explosives into the city.
“We have directed all senior officers to take precautionary measures. They will instruct officials in their respective areas. Officials are patrolling the city round the clock and sensitive areas are under surveillance,” said Shrikant Pathak, deputy commissioner of police (crime).
“Combing operations and high security at public places have also been maintained. We also decided to provide extra security to the areas wherein public programmes will be conducted,” he said.
The main flag hoisting function in the city will be held at NBSA ground, Vashi. The entire stretch will be sanitised several times manually with metal detectors and sniffer dogs. Every possible step will be taken to ensure foolproof security during the event.
The R-Day parade, which showcases India’s military might and cultural diversity, will be attended by prominent politicians and senior officers of various government bodies. “The security apparatus is always on high alert,” an official with the security wing said.
Cops are also checking lodges and hotels to confirm that no suspicious people are staying there. “The Konkan area that includes Vashi and NRI jetties will also have at least one police personnel patrolling the area. The Riot Control Police platoons are also at our disposal for maintaining law and order,” said another police officer from DCP headquarter.
“All the permit room owners have been asked not to serve alcohol as it is a dry day today. Stern action will be taken against anyone found flouting directives,” he said. R-Day will be celebrated at various places including Konkan Bhavan, Cidco Bhavan, NMMC building, city police commissionerate, besides schools and colleges.