Police's security proposal for CWG has no takers
In the aftermath of the 26/11 attacks, Delhi Police pushed hard for a special law seeking wide-ranging powers to ensure foolproof security during the Commonwealth Games (CWG) but the idea did not find favour either with the Union Home Ministry or the Delhi government.delhi Updated: May 23, 2010 13:28 IST
In the aftermath of the 26/11 attacks, Delhi Police pushed hard for a special law seeking wide-ranging powers to ensure foolproof security during the Commonwealth Games (CWG) but the idea did not find favour either with the Union Home Ministry or the Delhi government.
Arguing that Delhi could be a target for terror groups during CWG, police first approached the Home Ministry to frame a legislation seeking powers like taking people into preventive custody and permission to carry out raids in Noida, Ghaziabad and other satellite towns.
When the Home Ministry turned down the request, Delhi Police approached the city government. But the city government expressed its inability to pursue the matter, saying law and order in Delhi comes under the Home Ministry.
"The proposal was struck down by the Union Home Ministry as well as the Delhi Government," a top official in city's home department said.
The official said that the city police wanted special powers till the end of CWG and even cited example of a legislation enacted by authorities in Melbourne just ahead of the Commonwealth Games there in 2006.
"The police, citing possible terror attacks in the city, said they needed more power to ensure foolproof security during and in the run-up to the mega sporting event," the official, who did not wish to be named, said.
He said the legislation enacted by the Victorian government had given police powers such as removing people from any part of a Games venue or access areas without arresting or detaining people to restore public order.
The Home Ministry and Delhi Police are already working on a massive security plan for the Games -- the biggest sporting event to be held in India -- which includes deployment of heli-borne snipers and a four-layered protective cordon around the venues and Games Village.
The Home Ministry has given highest priority to security during the October 3-14 sporting extravaganza.
Although there is no credible threat to the Games, the government is still taking precautions because any attempt to target sports persons or officials by terrorists may have international repercussions.
Around 9,000 athletes from 71 countries besides 100,000 international spectators are expected to participate in the Games.