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Police band strikes a different note, told to guard city

The official band of the Delhi Police has a new job at hand and this one has got nothing to do with music.

delhi Updated: Oct 12, 2010 23:12 IST
Karan Choudhury

The official band of the Delhi Police has a new job at hand and this one has got nothing to do with music.

Instead of a bugle in hand, they will soon be holding an INSAS semi-automatic rifle. With Closing Ceremony for the Commonwealth Games less than 48-hours away, the Delhi Police have decided to send every man available to protect the city and this includes their band members.

According to the Delhi Police, the band members, who specialise in playing musical instruments such as side drums, bugle and trumpets among other instruments, are now being deployed at market places and other areas.

“We are deploying all our force at different locations for obvious security reasons.

They might be in the Delhi Police band but they all have proper training to handle weapons and maintain law and order situation," said a senior Delhi Police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Two companies of these men have been deployed at various market places and other areas in South Delhi.

“Some of the men have been deployed at Lodi Road and some at in other areas. They would be posted at these locations till the closing ceremony after which, they will return to their previous postings,” added the officer.

According to the police, they have received intelligence inputs related to the Games and for this reason are not ready to take any chances.

“We will not leave any part of the city uncovered. For this reason we are using all the resources available,” added the officer.