Firing near Jama Masjid will have no bearing on CWG: Randhir

Last Updated: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 22:22

New Delhi: The shooting incident near the
Jama Masjid here will have no bearing on the Commonwealth
Games next month as foolproof security arrangements have been
put in place for the visiting athletes and officials, said
Organising Committee vice-president Randhir Singh.

Randhir today said no evidence has been found so far to
suggest that incident was linked to the sporting extravaganza
and that the Games will take place in a secure environment
despite some participating nations issuing travel advisory.

"Top class arrangements have been made by the security
agencies concerned and Games will take place in a secure
environment. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is himself
taking interest to ensure smooth conduct of the Games. We are
all prepared and ready to host a world-class sporting event,"
Randhir told reporters here.

"Participating nations have started arriving in
the city. Scotland are sending their largest contingent ever.
Regarding the travel advisory issued by some countries there
is nothing much to talk about.”

"It`s sad that such an incident took place but we are not
at all worried about the security arrangements," Randhir
added.

Two Taiwanese nationals were injured when two men on a
motorcycle fired several rounds on a tourist vehicle near the
historic Jama Masjid in the walled city yesterday.

The Games organisers immediately issued a statement
assuring fool-proof security during the October 3-14
quadrennial extravaganza.

Randhir said the chef-de-missions of different
Commonwealth countries have given thumbs up to the security
arrangements put in place by the organisers.

"They have their chef-de-missions here. They are all
convinced with the security. Terror is one thing which can
happen anytime anywhere in the world. But where needed we have
made elaborate arrangements. Don`t worry," assured Randhir,
who is also the secretary general of the Indian Olympic
Association (IOA).

Rajiv Shukla, Chairman of the Commonwealth Games
spectators sub-committee, said the terrorists deliberately
planned this attack keeping in mind the mega event.

"It was planned so as to keep countrymen and visitors
away from the Games. It was done keeping the big event in
mind. But I would like to urge the people to come out in large
numbers and witness the event. It`s related to nation`s
prestige and honour," said Shukla, who is also BCCI`s Finance
and Media Committee chairman.

PTI



First Published: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 22:22

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