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Police revoke access to 1700 card holders on day one

Delhi police, on Monday, revoked around 1700 accreditations of volunteers, work force and paid staff working round the clock.

india Updated: Oct 04, 2010 23:28 IST
Sharad Deep

It's alarming as well as surprising in terms of security arrangements made for the Commonwealth Games. Delhi police, on Monday, revoked around 1700 accreditations of volunteers, work force and paid staff working round the clock.

Sources said, they have been asked to go back to their respective police stations to get them re-verified if they wanted to rejoin work with fresh accreditation cards.

The de-accredited work force had been working for a long time and they even had easy access at all the venues including the Games Village. But, surprisingly, no one bothered to check their identities before Monday.

It seems that the accreditations had not been checked before assigning them duties. These alleged lapses could also be on the part of the Organising Committee's accreditation FA headed by joint-director general, R.K. Sacheti, a former railway employee, who also happens to be a key official in the Indian Olympic Association.

The buck, however, does not stop here. Sources say a few of the OC members in accreditation FA were caught after they allegedly issued some fake accreditation and provided free accesses to ineligible people. The OC has already ordered an inquiry against them.

Sources confirmed that over 35 accreditations were confiscated at different venues on Sunday, including a few at the JLN Stadium before the opening ceremony. Ten such card holders were almost 'thrown' out from the S.P. Mukherjee Sports Complex on Monday for not having proper cards.

"If this remains the case with the accreditations of volunteers, work force and paid staff, it is going to cause a big embarrassment to the CWG as they play a crucial role in making this event a success," said one from the work force department.

Sacheti, on being contacted refused to comment. "I don't have any idea about this. You better talk to OC's secretary general Lalit Bhanot."