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PC personally supervises venue security

delhi Updated: Oct 04, 2010 01:11 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta
Moushumi Das Gupta
Hindustan Times
P. Chidambaram

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who personally ensured security for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on Sunday was foolproof, stopped his car half a kilometre from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium’s gate number 2 and chose to walk.

The security at the venue of the Games opening ceremony on Thursday proved a great leveller as even Delhi government MLAs were seen standing in queues waiting to pass through the three-layer security check before entering the main venue a kilometer away.

“The home minister took it upon himself to see the preparations inside the stadium were requisite,” a senior police officer said.

Nattily dressed in a t-shirt and khaki trousers, Chidambaram took a tour of the showcase stadium at 3 pm, returning two hours later for a second assessment wearing a pink shirt and black trousers.

Chidambaram’s presence ensured other senior politicians and home ministry babus also showed up on time.