"Full and comprehensive" security will be provided during the 2010 Commonwealth Games and none of the participating countries should brook any fear, Home Minister P Chidambaram has said.
"I make this promise that the Commonwealth Games will be conducted under full and comprehensive security. Nobody need fear, no country need fear," he told a TV channel.
He was asked if he was worried that there might be a repeat of what happened at last month's World Badminton Championships (WBC) in Hyderabad. English shuttlers, over-reacting to a routine Home Ministry advisory, had pulled out of the event citing security threats.
Chidambaram had himself witnessed some of the final events at the WBC to allay any apprehension on the security front.
Noting that threat faced by political leaders should not be underestimated, the Home Minister said, "If a political leader faces a threat, he has to be provided security and I think the government is committed to providing security to every political leader who faces a threat."
He also discounted reports that National Security Guard (NSG) cover provided to some of the politicians would be withdrawn.