For the past one week, over 300 Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel — recently transferred to Delhi — have been working at the Indira Gandhi International Airport without mandatory high-level security passes.
These personnel have been working in shifts in sensitive areas of the airport, senior officials who refused to be identified, as they are not authorised to speak to the media, told the Hindustan Times. The CISF denied this.
The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security issues the passes. A senior bureau officer said, “A fresh pass is issued once an outgoing personnel surrenders his pass. The number of passes issued is fixed.” He said the delay is being caused due to the high number of personnel transferred at the same time.
Vartul Singh, spokesman for CISF, said: “There is no question of any CISF personnel being on duty without a permanent security pass.”
Singh said there has been a zonal transfer in CISF. “Nearly 400 new personnel have been posted at the airport. We have issued a temporary pass for all and they are undergoing on-the-job training. For this, they are taken to non-operational areas of the airport,” he said.