Even though security agencies deployed their full force at all Commonwealth Games Village and the venues, a complete lockdown could not be imposed.
The complete ‘lockdown’ was hampered as authorities at most venues, including Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, failed to finish work at some of the facilities.
On September 23, Union Home minister P. Chidambaram had issued a stern warning to the organisers to complete the work at stadiums by Friday night and handover it to Delhi Police for lockdown at midnight.
A large number of armed policemen, including paramilitary personnel, have been deployed across the stadia and village. Sophisticated gadgets have also been installed at the venues.
The police said that a complete security lockdown of some of the venues, including the main venue for opening and closing ceremonies, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, could not be put in place at Friday midnight, as work was not complete.
“The work is still on at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and some other venues. In many venues, we have imposed the lockdown. We expect to take over the remaining venues by evening,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
The police had earlier planned for a complete lockdown a month before the Games. Pending work at all venues hampered that.
They then planned to have a lockdown from September 15. That too was extended to September 22 midnight, which also could not be met.
This is the third time, the security lockdown hasn’t happened, but the police said that security was in full force and there was no need to worry.
The Games Village has become operational without a complete lockdown, as athletes have started arriving.
Because of the frequent movement of labourers, security personnel are facing difficulties at the Commonwealth Games Village and venues.
Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal, however, downplayed the delay and said the force was prepared to handle the security issues related to the sporting extravaganza.
“We know the stadia and surrounding areas. We know the city very well. So securing them or other areas will not be a
problem,” Dadwal said.