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High Security in Chennai for Republic Day, 6800 cops deployed

Chennai, Jan 25 (BPNS)

The Chennai city police have put in place five-tier security ahead of the Republic Day celebrations in Chennai with around 6800 police personnel being deployed on duty for the conduct of a peaceful parade at the Kamarajar Salai.

Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi will hoist the tricolour at the flag post near Gandhi statute in Kamarajar Salai on Wednesday.

Heavy police presence is seen at airports, railway stations, bus terminuses, beaches, bus stops, commercial complexes, religious places like temples, mosques, and churches in view of the Republic Day celebrations to be held on January 26th, Wednesday.

The police and other uniformed personnel conducted a rehearsal parade at Kamarajar Salai on Monday and Tuesday.

With the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin announcing that the tableaus rejected by the Union government would be on display during the Republic Day parade in Chennai, the focus will mainly be on this.

Three floats on the theme- Tamil Nadu in Freedom Struggle, will feature Tamil icons such as Mahakavi Subramania Bharathi, V.O. Chidambaranar, Rani Velu Nachiyar who is credited to be the first freedom fighter woman to swing a sword against the British much before Rani Jhansi.

The tableau will also feature the Maruthu Pandiyar brothers who were executed by the East India company on charges of fighting the war of India’s Independence.

Due to Covid -19, there will not be any presentations from government departments as well as performances by school and college children during the Republic Day period in 2022.