Delhi Police build huge wall of containers outside Red Fort ahead of India's Independence Day celebrations
For the first time, the front of the Red Fort (Lal Quila) has been made invisible by stacking the shipping containers on each other as part of the police preparations for the Independence Day to be addressed by Prime Minster Narendra Modi from its ramparts, footage from August 12 shows.
The barricades are so high the function on August 15 will not be visible from the roadside or from the buildings in the vicinity. Besides, the police personnel is to be stationed atop the buildings a day ahead in the morning of Saturday. Police are also deploying drones with cameras to keep a watch.
Earlier on Republic Day this year, a large number of protesters demanding the repeal of the three farm laws had entered into the Red Fort. They even hoisted flags from the ramparts of the fort where Modi unfurls the Tricolour on Independence Day. This was also the day when the national capital witnessed clashes between protesters and police during the tractor parade by farmers.
The containers are decorated and painted with the colors of the Indian National Flag.