New Delhi: Delhi Police has decided to use hawkers and street vendors as their eyes and ears in the run up to Republic Day celebrations during which U.S. President Barack Obama will be the Chief Guest.
The police force will educate hawkers and street vendors about the significance of Barack Obama's visit while requesting their active participation in grassroots intelligence-gathering.
According to a senior police officer, police personnels had been issued orders to expand their communication base and ‘multiply the number of daily interactions' they had with ‘all the road-side vendors in their jurisdiction' from New Year.
Street vendors on Parliament Street, Raisina Road, Janpath, Barakhamba Road, and India Gate have been contacted by the police.
New Delhi, National capital a sprawling commercial hub, is constantly under terror threat.
“Delhi is on high alert and inputs have warned of a possible terror-related incident on the route of the Republic Day parade or in its vicinity before January 26,” a police officer said.