To keep an eye on touts during the Commonwealth Games, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has placed its female staff as dummy passengers outside the Terminal 3 (T3) of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).
The move came after incidents of bag lifting were reported outside T3 and to gather information about touts.
"The anti-social elements got cautious when they saw men in uniform. To curb touting, we decided to place recently hired female constables as a dummy passengers. There were few instances when the touts approached our staff who posed as a passenger. We caught few touts. We also gave bags to some of the female constables so that bag lifters can also be caught," said a senior CISF official who doesn't wish to be named.
"Since the movements of athletes and delegates have already started, we need to keep anti-social elements away from the airport. It creates a bad image of the country," he added.
The Delhi Police have also enforced 144 CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) around airport for the first time to curb touting activity during the Games. From March to September 10, 116 touts were apprehended by security agencies at the Delhi airport.
"There have been reports of touting activities prevailing in the areas around Terminal 2, Terminal 3, Haj Terminal, cargo terminal and roads up to NH-8. The area dealt with the operational control of flights and facilitation of passengers, so it became necessary to take measures for immediate prevention and for speedy remedy to prevent obstruction," a Delhi Police official said.
Holding of public meetings have also been banned. This order will be effective till October 25.