Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fool-proof security cover for the Games: Police

Describing it as a moment of great challenge, Delhi's Police Commissioner Y. S. Dadwal on Saturday said his force was leaving no stone unturned to make the Commonwealth Games a success. The leave of all the policemen has been cancelled from September 15 and the entire force is on its toes round-the-clock.

Mr. Dadwal said a multi-layered and multi-dimensional arrangement had been made to provide a fool-proof security cover. The police, with para-military forces at their disposal, are providing security to over 40 venues. These include 12 competition venues, 11 training and six non-competition venues (including the Games Village), four locations at the India Trade Promotion Organisation, eight hotels and Delhi airport.

This apart, security is being provided to the entire fleet of buses ferrying athletes and delegates. There has been a substantial increase in the deployment of traffic police and security personnel across the city. The police have also hired 900 vehicles and a large number of “unmarked” vehicles are being used for incognito patrolling.

To ensure that the security personnel manning control access points at the venues do not face any language problem, all the orders for them have been translated into Hindi.

Mr. Dadwal said though a significant chunk of police personnel have been diverted for Games-related duties, they still have adequate manpower for general deployment. While 4,000 personnel have been posted in the districts, over 6,000 semi-trained men in khaki have also been put on the streets.

The air space is now under constant surveillance of the Indian Air Force. Over 28,300 accredited Delhi policemen, quick reaction teams, commandos, National Security Guard commandos and Special Weapons and Tactic team besides 195 companies of para-military forces have been deployed for Games-related arrangements.

Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear teams of the National Disaster Response Force are also carrying out combing exercises at the venues, besides anti-sabotage checks by bomb detection and disposal squads. Over 3,000 CCTV cameras have been installed.

The Police Commissioner said there was no specific intelligence input on any terror threat, but all possible precautions had been taken.

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