Home Ministry briefs diplomats on CWG security

Home Min on Friday briefed diplomats of participating nations on the security steps for Commonwealth Games.

Last Updated: Sep 04, 2010, 00:48 AM IST

New Delhi: Seeking to address security concerns, the Home Ministry on Friday briefed a group of diplomats of participating nations on the steps being taken to ensure incident-free Commonwealth Games beginning here on October 3.

During the hour-long presentation, the Home Ministry conveyed to the diplomats that all security concerns are being taken care of and enough forces would be deployed for protection of participating athletes and officials.
"We have conveyed to them that there should not be any apprehension on security. No stone would be left unturned," an
official said. During the presentation, Home Secretary G K
Pillai was present.

Meanwhile, in an interview to a Canadian newspaper, Pillai said according to an intelligence input, Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba has bought as many as 150 paragliders from China and various Gulf countries in recent months.
"It is very worrisome. Because paragliders don`t require
a runway, they could launch them from anywhere," he told
Toronto Star.

He, however, made it clear that there was no specific threat to the Commonwealth Games from any militant group. Security forces are being advised of the threat and during the Games snipers would be prepared to shoot down unknown objects from sky, Pillai said.

A four-tier security apparatus with army back-up will be
put in place during the Games. Over 10,000 athletes from 71 countries and 500,000 spectators are expected at the Games.
According to the security plan, athletes, officials and guests can visit the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium only by bus and no VIPs, except the heads of state, will be allowed to take their cars in. Parking arrangement has been made for 150 buses at the stadium.

Each of the 13 competition venues for the Commonwealth
Games will have a tight security ring and special arrangements
will be made to transport the athletes to and from the Games
Village. Helicopters carrying commando snipers will keep an
eye on the convoys.

PTI