Bengaluru: Tight security for R-Day parade, drones banned in city

Bengaluru: Elaborate security has been arranged to prevent any untoward incidents during the 67th Republic Day celebrations to be held at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground, Cubbon Road, at 9 am on Tuesday.

City Police Commissioner NS Megharik told reporters after inspecting arrangements on Sunday that security has been strengthened and 40 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at all the gates and around the ground.

“For the first time, Garuda Commando Force and Army’s metal detector squad would patrol the Parade Grounds and surroundings. A dog squad and armed forces from Maharashtra will participate in the Republic Day parade,” he informed.

Police personnel deputed

The top cop added that over 2,000 police personnel including nine Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP), 16 Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP), 48 inspectors, 101 sub-inspectors, 13 women sub-inspectors, 77 assistant sub-inspectors, 182 head constables, 459 constables, 99 women police personnel, 152 officers in plainclothes, six State Reserve Police as well as two Rapid Action Force (RAF) teams have been deputed to bandobast duty.

Megarikh said flying of unmanned aerial objects, including drones, balloons, unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems etc in the limits of Bengaluru City Police Commissionerate would be banned on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, BBMP Commissioner G Kumar Naik said Governor Vajubhai Vala would unfurl the tri-colour at the 67th Republic Day celebrations at 9 am and inspect the ceremonial parade before addressing the crowd.

About 2,100 personnel from the police department, Scouts and Guides, National Cadet Corps, Sevadal and school students would participate in the parade while about 2,550 students would take part in the cultural programme, he said.

Seating for 11k people

As many as 28 persons from Bengaluru South zone NCP Centre would perform bike stunts on the occasion, he said adding that seating arrangements have been made for as many as 11,000 people.

Deputy Commissioner V Shankar and Additional Commissioner of Police MA Saleem were present.

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