The last time they paid any mind to beefing up security arrangements in the VIP enclave of New Delhi was close to a decade ago. Even so, the best that the Delhi Police could do was 'help' install barriers in the by lanes.
Sources said the last time the Delhi Police were kept in the loop about any 'enhancement in security' arrangements inside embassies on Chanakyapuri's Shanti Path, which houses most of the foreign missions' headquarters in the Capital, was in 2003.
"More than three dozen concrete road barriers or bollards were installed in consultation with us to restrict vehicular movement around diplomatic missions then. We have not been kept in the loop about subsequent security arrangements inside the embassies since," admitted a senior police officer.
So, the police made their own 'protective' arrangements by creating a dedicated 'diplomatic security force' led by an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer to coordinate, execute and monitor contingents of the constabulary which basically just patrols the area from dawn till dusk.
"We had no other alternative given the sensitivity of the area. Even as we helped put security arrangements in place at five star hotels and stadiums which dignitaries visit, we were not even consulted by individual embassies who decided to make their own arrangements," the officer said.
That, police claimed, was the reason why not even a single camera, out of the more than 200 CCTV cameras installed by the Delhi Police in the New Delhi area, had yet been installed in Chanakyapuri.
On January 7, HT had reported on the Delhi Police's wait for a nod from the Ministry of Home Affiars (MHA) to acquire and install special surveillance cameras at 24 markets and border check posts.