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Masked men on guard to secure hockey cup against nuke attacks

Do not get scared if you see men wearing gas masks and coveralls at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium during the Hockey World Cup, reports Karan Choudhury.

delhi Updated: Mar 05, 2010 23:46 IST
Karan Choudhury

Do not get scared if you see men wearing gas masks and coveralls at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium during the Hockey World Cup.

These are part of a special squad to protect people in case of any kind of nuclear or biological attack.

The Home Ministry had earlier warned security agencies that terrorists might target the Hockey World Cup with dirty bombs (made of chemical or nuclear waste).

In view of such threats, these special teams — the Nuclear Biological and Chemical Weapons Squad — have been deployed. The squad comes under the National Disaster Management Response Force (NDRM).

“For us, the Hockey World Cup is a rehearsal for the Commonwealth Games. The teams are equipped to handle any kind of hazardous material,” said an NDRM official on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

According to NDRM, seven teams have been deployed at the World Cup venue. Each team has four men.

“They wear green HAZMAT suits -- a garment worn as protection from hazardous materials or substances -- and oxygen masks ,” added the official.

“They have sophisticated equipments with which they can handle anything from a mild radioactive material to dangerous toxic substances like sarin, a devastating nerve agent.”

The NDRM official said at the Hockey World Cup site, they are working closely with bomb disposal squads.

“In case of any kind of bomb call, the NBC squad will also respond and reach the site. This is to ensure any sort of chemical weapon is handled by experts,” he added.

The NBC squad consists of scientists, chemical weapons experts and also army commandoes.