Heavy Security for Independence Day Parade at Gandhi Maidan

Independence Day parade rehearsal at Patna's Gandhi Maidan.

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Patna: Patna: Members of the Armed Forces including the Army, Navy, Air Force, and para-military forces conducted an impressive dress rehearsal on Sunday at Patna's Gandhi Maidan in preparation for the Independence Day celebration that includes the customary speech by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

District officials in Patna including Patna Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore, District Magistrate Sanjay Agrawal, and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj visited Gandhi Maidan to review the preparedness for the Monday unfurling of the national flag.

Sources said that more than 4,000 policemen were to be deployed in and around Gandhi Maidan as authorities purge all hotels, both small and large, of all suspicious characters and firearms. Special attention is being given to protect the region from Maoist extremists who have once again vowed to create disturbance during the Independence Day celebration in Patna.

Security at Patna Junction, airport, and all bus terminals had been beefed up, officials said. Elaborate arrangement has also been made for medical emergencies with more than a dozen ambulances on site to deal with any situation.

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