Security beefed up as India celebrates 69th Independence Day

Security beefed up as India celebrates 69th Independence Day

Security beefed up as India celebrates 69th Independence Day

Written by Staff Writer

15 Aug, 2015 | 8:38 am

A thick security blanket was spread across India on Saturday, August 15,  with thousands of police and paramilitary personnel maintaining a strict vigil to thwart any possible threats as the country celebrates its 69th Independence Day.

New Delhi was turned into a fortress with barricades put up at every few kilometres. In Guwahati city of India’s northeastern Assam state and Mumbai city in India’s western Mahrashtra state police and paramilitary personnel were seen inspecting vehicles and checking driving permits.

Security personnel have been deployed at the airport, market places, railway stations, inter-state bus terminals and metro stations in major Indian cities.

To celebrate 69 years of Indian independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to unfurl the national tricolour flag and address the nation at the historic podium from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi. Authorities are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that security remains watertight throughout the country.

India achieved its independence from the colonial British rule on August 15, 1947, ending more than 200 years of rule.

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