CISF personnel frisk top cop at IGI terminal 3
He may be the final authority when its comes to maintaining law and order at the Delhi airport, but even the deputy commissioner of police (airport) is subject to the same rigorous security checks as mere mortals, as he discovered at Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Friday evening. Faizan Haider reports.delhi Updated: Feb 20, 2011 00:45 IST
He may be the final authority when its comes to maintaining law and order at the Delhi airport, but even the deputy commissioner of police (airport) is subject to the same rigorous security checks as mere mortals, as he discovered at Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Friday evening.
Call it lack of coordination between two security agencies or extra security measures, the DCP (airport) was frisked by the officials of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). The CISF is responsible for the security of the airport, while the DCP is responsible for law and order, both inside and outside the airport.
According to sources, DCP RA Sanjeev had gone to the terminal for routine checking when he was stopped.
"A senior official of CISF, who is not based at Delhi airport, had gone to visit the airport.
He saw the DCP and even after Sanjeev showed his pass, the officer ordered the staff posted at the gate to frisk the DCP. Since the Delhi Police personnel posted at IGIA are responsible for law and order, they keep visiting the terminal and we don't frisk them," said a CISF source, who didn't wish to be named.
The Delhi Police personnel have colour-coded passes issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), which allow them to access the airport.
"By showing the pass, they can access the airport and even the airfield," he added.
Though rules were properly followed while frisking the DCP, Delhi Police officials were angry over the incident.
"He is posted here for the security of the area and even he was subjected to frisking," said a Delhi Police official posted at the IGIA police station.
"As per the BCAS guidelines, anyone entering the Security Hold Area (SHA) of the airport will have to be frisked," said a CISF spokesperson.
Surprisingly, RA Sanjeev is not angry. The DCP said he doesn't have any problem with the frisking and said he didn't mind it at all.