In view of the Republic Day celebrations, security has been beefed up across Tamil Nadu, including many state and central vital installations, police said on Thursday. Police however claimed that there is no specific threat.
In Chennai alone, 24 special teams were formed to carry out checks in lodges and also in private work places. “Every police district was given two teams, which went around checking lodges and hotels along with private companies, to make sure that no person with suspicious background was staying / working with them,” police sources said. Appropriate security protocol, including anti-sabotage measures to be followed werre in place, a senior cop said.
Key government establishments, nuclear power stations at Kalpakkam and Koodankulam, air and sea ports, key coastal belts, and railway stations are now under high security cover. A senior police officer said that all city Commissioners of Police in the state and Superintendents in the districts, were asked to make sure that no untoward incident took place during the celebrations on Friday.
The entire police strength of one lakh has been asked to be on alert and multi-layer security —involving state and centre agencies — is in place in and around Kamarajar Salai in Chennai, where Governor Banwarilal Purohit will review the Republic Day parade and take the salute.