Keeping the Commonwealth Games in mind and a spate of six bomb blasts in the city, the Delhi Police has decided to turn tech savvy to fight terror.
Soon the Capital’s police will be equipped with the latest bomb disposal equipment. Many of these equipments are currently available with just the National Security Guard, India’s elite counter terrorism unit.
The most important purchase, which will be made for the first time by the Delhi Police, is a Mini Remotely Operated Vehicle (MROV), which is used in diffusing bombs. Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said, “The MROV is used in diffusing bombs and will cost around Rs 5.25 lakh. It is a mini version of the NSG’s counterpart. The police are making these purchases keeping in mind the Commonwealth Games.”
The police are also purchasing more bomb blankets and safety rings, which are used to reduce the impact of the bombs. “The blanket is placed around the bomb and then fitted with a safety ring. It reduces the chances of shrapnel injuries,” said a senior police officer. Nine of these each costing Rs 25, 000 are being procured. There are around 28 of these available with the police of each district in the Capital.
All these equipments are being procured to boost up the bomb disposal capabilities in the city.
Also on the Delhi Police’s list is shopping for Minesweepers, Explosive Detector, Portable X-Ray Baggage Inspection System.