LATEST NEWS / NEW DELHI: Police and soldiers were out in force from corner to corner India on Monday as security was increased for Independence Day celebrations held in the shadow of blasts last month in Mumbai which killed 26 people.
According to the source story, A senior home ministry official said security actions were being increased in New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata, as well as Mumbai, where police are probing the July 13 bombs.
The three coordinated blasts killed 26 and injured 130, but no group claimed responsibility and detectives have struggled to unearth who was behind the attack.
Indian President Pratibha Patil in her expected address on the eve of Independence Day called for sensitive attention against militant attacks.
“The attack in Mumbai last month is yet another harsh reminder of the destruction that can be caused by terrorism,” she said in a nationwide broadcast on Sunday evening.
“We need to be ever-vigilant, to fight this menace which is a global phenomenon,” the president added.
The Press Trust of India (PTI) said thousands of police personnel were positioned in the national capital ahead of the celebrations, which mark India’s independence from British rule on August 15, 1947.
“We are investing helicopters, CCTV cameras and the other security technologies which are now available,” a top Delhi police official who declined to be named told AFP.