Tight Security for I-Day in Chennai, elderly couple who fought robbers to be honoured

Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu have come under a tight security blanket, in view of Independence Day celebrations on Thursday.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will hoist the national flag at the Fort St George. The Centre has asked the State government to lay out an elaborate security plan to avert any untoward incident following the abrogation of Article 370.

Following this, Director General of Police J K Tripathy has set up a task force and the security in Chennai will be monitored by Commissioner A K Viswanathan.

Five-tier security will be provided around the fort and high-resolution CCTV devices will be installed. The entire area will be under surveillance. As per instructions Viswanathan, 12,000 police personnel will be deployed for bandobust duty.

With the 73rd Independence Day fast approaching, security measures at the Chennai Airport has been stepped up. This covers all areas the of airport, including parking lot.

The City Police Commissionerate issued a release about the traffic arrangements made for Independence Day celebrations at St George Fort.

The stretch of Kamarajar Salai from Labour Statue up to RBI Subway North on Rajaji Salai and Flag Staff Road will be closed for all the vehicular traffic other than the vehicles with car passes.

Meanwhile, during the Independence Day celebrations, the State government will be honouring Shanmugavel and Senthamarai, the elderly couple from Tirunelveli who bravely fought against two armed robbers.

Video of their brave fight with robbers has gone viral on social media. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will give an award to the couple during the event.