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Tribune News Service and PTI

New Delhi, August 14
Delhi was today brought under a thick blanket of security with sharpshooters deployed around key installations in the run-up to the Independence Day.

The Delhi police, in collaboration with the central intelligence and security agencies, detained a number of persons, including two employees of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and four alleged Bangladeshi illegal immigrants as a precautionary measure.

The two airport employees were detained following information that they were planning to plant a “mystery tissue box” in an Air Deccan flight.

The two, identified as Satya Dev and Musharat Hussain, were immediately whisked away for questioning to an undisclosed location. It was not yet clear if the “mystery tissue box” was supposed to contain some lethal substance or explosive.

Sources said the two were detained after some airport employees overheard them discussing plans to plant a tissue box on board an Air Deccan flight.

They were being interrogated by a joint team of the Delhi police and the central security agencies officials.

More than 10,000 police personnel were deployed at the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will unfurl the Tricolour and address the nation from its ramparts tomorrow.

Sharpshooters took up positions around buildings near the Red Fort as well as on the roads leading to it.

Delhi has been declared a no-fly zone for four hours from 5 am tomorrow and anti-aircraft guns mounted at different points to thwart any possible aerial attacks.

Amidst reports that nuclear power plants might be the terrorists' targets, the Army, which has taken effective control of security at two atomic power units at Kalpakkam, imposed curfew in and around the township.

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