Ahead of the Republic Day and the recent threat from the Islamic State, the city police have increased security in all crowded areas and markets across Noida.
“We have a team of ATS commandos, which had undergone a familiarization programme last year. They have blue prints of the maps of all major buildings in the city. Also, we have additional paramilitary forces, which have been placed strategically. Bunkers and armed men with bullet proof jackets have been deployed at various locations of the city,” said Vijay Dhull, assistant superintendent of police, Noida.
However, a day after the Delhi police arrested four members of the Islamic State who were planning an attack in the country, including in Noida’s The Great India Place (TGIP) mall, a team from Hindustan Times visited TGIP mall while carrying a gun and found some loopholes in the security arrangements.
Senior superintendent of police Kiran Sivakumar, who had initially agreed to send an armed constable along with the HT team failed to do so. However, the team still went ahead with the experiment.
The team entered the mall at 4.45 pm. Three security guards checked the car but they did not touch a big bag belonging to the photographer. They checked the boot of the car. The bonnet of the car was never opened. The reporter had hidden a toy gun under his jacket.
Both the team members were frisked by the security guards but they failed to notice the toy gun hidden under the reporter’s jacket.
The reporter pulled out the toy gun from his jacket and held it in his hand for sometime before putting it inside a paper bag. However, nobody noticed. There were families and youngsters, including security guards but no one seemed to have noticed the gun.
After spending around 40 minutes at the mall, the team decided to leave. The reporter kept his gun on his lap while exiting from the parking area. He later kept it on the rear seat, cracked a joke with the security guard and drove out.
Despite repeated attempts, SSP Sivakumar was not available for comment.