Around 5,000 armed security personnel including Delhi policemen will be deployed to secure the yoga venue and area around it as thousands of yoga practitioners including Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the early morning programme.

Following an alert issued by intelligence agencies, Delhi Police have banned flying of kites, balloons, glider, micro light objects during the programme to ward off any aerial threat.

Also, flying drones for aerial photography has been banned.

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said, "There were complete security arrangements for International Yoga Day programme at Rajpath. Eighteen DCPs and 30 Companies will be on duty on the occasion."

The 35-minute Yoga programme organised by AYUSH Ministry is scheduled to begin at 7.30 AM on International Yoga Day.

Bassi said that local police is keeping an eye on the security arrangements and the area is being screened with the help of sniper dogs and bomb disposal squads.     

Eighteen DCP-level officers will also be on duty to monitor the security arrangements that will be at par with the Republic Day Parade arrangements, said a senior police officer.

The Yoga day programme is expected to be attended by close to 40,000 people. The number of VIPs including minister and MPs, who will attend the function could be about 500, he said.

Also, thousands of officials and about 5,000 children will be performing yoga in the programme, he added.

Traffic restrictions were put in place from June 14. Rajpath has been closed for traffic from Vijay Chowk to India Gate and round the clock vigil of the area including the lawns was on.

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