Over 100 fortified pickets at sensitive Metro stations
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 18:33
New Delhi: More than 100 fortified security pickets have been erected for the first time at various important and sensitive Delhi Metro stations in order to thwart possible terror strikes during the Commonwealth Games.

The pickets or 'morchas', constructed with sandbags inside the station area, are manned by armed CISF jawans.

The CISF, which guards the Delhi Metro, has deployed 2,000 additional men for the job at sensitive stations like Connaught Place, Central Secretariat, stations of Dwarka sub-city, Kashmere Gate among others. The Metro has about 140 stations at present.

The stations have been profiled for setting up the pickets after a joint security audit by central security agencies, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and officials of the Home Ministry.

"Keeping in mind the increasing rush at Metro stations and also because of the Commonwealth Games, the security agencies decided to erect these morchas with armed troops to thwart and react to possible attacks by terrorists who may mingle in the crowds and carry out incidents like grenade hurling," sources in the security establishment said.

Additional CISF personnel, including male and female commandos, have been deployed for static duties at the stations and as Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) to cover both the station area and its vicinity in shortest possible time.

A decision on whether to continue these 'morchas' will be taken after the Commonwealth Games conclude, sources said.


First Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 18:33

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