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VVIP security will soon be CISF?s job

The CISF is busy raising a Special Duty Group, writes Archis Mohan.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 01:57 IST

The CISF will soon take over the security of 375 VVIPs in the Capital from Delhi Police. This means relief for more than 7,000 personnel of an overworked Delhi Police. They will now be free for much-needed routine policing.

The offloading will take place in a phased manner. The CISF is busy raising a Special Duty Group consisting of 2000 personnel exclusively for VIP security. "The CISF has already trained 1,968 personnel in VIP security duties at our state-of-the-art VIP security training institute at Deoli in Rajasthan," said a CISF spokesperson.

In June, 2001, the Group of Ministers had recommended that the security of VIPs should "ideally be with the CISF which is a professionally trained force". It had also suggested constituting of a Special Service Group in the CISF for the purpose.

A committee had been constituted under the chairmanship of Joint Director (Intelligence Bureau) Yashovardhan Azad to assess the preparedness of the CISF vis-à-vis VIP security. The committee's suggestions have been implemented and, in its report, the committee found that some of the standards being followed by the CISF are on a par or better than other specialised agencies.

The CISF is the only central police organisation to have a full-fledged VIP training centre. "We are awaiting the government notification to take up the responsibility in a phased manner to provide security cover to about 375 VVIPS and VIPs who are now being guarded by four different agencies," said the spokesperson.

The training institute has, over the past months, roped in several foreign experts to teach CISF personnel finer points of high-profile security.

The regimen includes training in efficient handling of weapons, reflex shooting, sharp shooting and night shooting using MP-5mm pistol, 9 mm CMG, 9 mm carbine and AK47 weapons.

The CISF personnel are also being trained in unarmed combat, carcade protection, anti-abduction and battle inoculation.

"Delhi Police, however will still need to make security arrangements for functions that the President, PM and other Z+ and Z category VVIPs attend in Delhi. It will also have to deploy personnel on VVIP routes, including that of the visiting dignitaries," said a senior officer.

First Published: Apr 26, 2006 01:57 IST