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Security forces on high alert

A security personnel keeps vigil outside the Red Fort in New Delhi
A security personnel keeps vigil outside the Red Fort in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, August 12
Security forces were put on high alert across the country and anti-terrorist commandos positioned at vital installations like nuclear plants and airports in the run-up to the Independence Day.

The threat this year is believed to be mainly from Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami, whose cadres are suspected to have entered into an alliance with the banned SIMI and Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba, official sources said.

Top officials of the union home ministry and intelligence bureau have met to review the Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort and decided to deploy more plainclothes personnel in public areas.

The national capital is virtually going to turned into a fortress with gun-toting personnel of the Delhi police and paramilitary forces guarding markets, railway bridges and tracks, besides flyovers.

The vehicles are not being allowed to enter busy market areas and the traffic police had a tough time manning various places due to heavy congestion of traffic as the Teej festival also coincides this year with the Independence Day.

No vehicular movement, except in extreme circumstances, will be allowed in the vicinity of the Red Fort on Wednesday when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unfurls the national flag and addresses the nation.

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