R-Day fete cut short to just 35 minutes – Ahmedabad Mirror

The 73rd Republic Day functions on Wednesday will be held under tight security after central intelligence agencies issued terror attack warnings. Gujarat is taking special congnisance of the warning given that it is a coastal state sharing both its land and sea borders with Pakistan.
Police sources said keeping in view the terror threat perceptions, tight security arrangements have been made with extra teams of Bomb Detection and Disposal Team, Anti-Sabotage teams and police force kept on high alert.
“The intelligence generated by central agencies quoted several terror attacks which took place during the past one year. The incidents mentioned in the intelligence are detection of drones in the border area, the Gazipur incident, tiffin bombs terror attacks, which have taken place at several places in the country. The intelligence agencies have also warned about possible attacks by Khalistan terror groups.
“Gujarat being a coastal state and Gir-Somnath itself being a coastal district, we have also beefed up security. Marine police, Coast Guard and Navy, all are on high alert,” said a senior officer. “We have witnessed the Mumbai attack of 26/11 which was carried out by Pakistan-based terrorist, hence we have taken all precautions and security measures. We have also deployed drones for surveillance of the coastal region,” 
he said.
Sources said keeping in view the recent spread of Covid, the R-Day will not be longer than 35 minutes, in which Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Governor Acharya Devrat will share the stage with other dignitaries. “There will be a select 600 guests at the function. Four people will be vaccinated as a symbolic gesture to promote vaccination and 12 children who have been given bravery award by PM Narendra Modi will be feted. Some Covid Warriors and those rewarded under the Karuna Abhiyan will also be honoured at the event. The programme will be conducted with all Covid-19 protocols in place,” said a government source.
As part of the celebrations, a march-past will be held by 19 platoons of ICG, RAF, SRPF, Marine police and local police, while the dog show and the horse show have been cancelled. However, police dogs and horses will take part in the march-past. There will be no tableaus at the function.
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