Barack Obama's India visit: Delhi Police, US sleuths discuss security arrangements
Delhi Police on Friday held meetings with sleuths of US Secret Service and top police officials of neighbouring states to chalk out a coordination plan and identify possible challenges in order to ensure fool-proof security during the coming Republic Day parade where President Barack Obama will be the chief guest.
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday held meetings with sleuths of US Secret Service and top police officials of neighbouring states to chalk out a coordination plan and identify possible challenges in order to ensure fool-proof security during the coming Republic Day parade where President Barack Obama will be the chief guest.
According to sources, officials of the US Secret Service discussed the overall security set-up for Obama's visit and also sought a certain details regarding the hotel where he would stay, routes he will travel and the places he will visit.
They have also asked access to CCTV cameras installed on all the routes to be traveled by the US President and several emergency exit routes were also finalized for Obama's entourage.
In a related development, an interstate co-ordination meeting aimed at strengthening cooperation and coordination in order to address various issues related to policing in NCR was held under the chairmanship of Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi today.
The main objective of the meeting was to share terror- related intelligence and inputs about various extremist outfits and their designs, besides curbing criminal activities in NCR region and having better coordination on all aspects of policing in view of the coming Republic Day and Delhi Assembly elections. Senior officers of Delhi Police and their counterparts from Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Rajasthan and J&K attended the meeting," said a senior police official.
During the meeting, Bassi stressed on increasing police presence, intensive and co-ordinate checking at vulnerable points, tenant verification, guest house checking and sensitization of cyber cafe owners, second-hand car dealers, transporters, property dealers, cycle sellers, chemical dealers and STD/ISTD PCO booth owners.
"He also instructed to keep a watch on open area for flying of para-glider, micro-light aircraft, sharing information, conducting raids and concerted action against inter-state criminals particularly those involved in heinous offences, repeat offenders and gangs etc in order to strengthen measures of counter terrorism," said the official.
Delhi Police requested for sharing of advance information regarding the visit of protected persons.
The police chief also sought cooperation for creation of digitized databank for fingerprints of criminals operating in North India.
The use of sharing of technology in policing, uploading
details of Missing/Found persons and UIDBs on Zipnet without loss of time, co-ordination in vehicle checking to curb M.V. theft, co-operation in arrest of wanted/dreaded criminals were especially underlined.
The officers attending the meeting also shared intelligence for checking crime committed by interstate criminals. Issues of human trafficking, missing children and proliferation of fake Indian currency note (FICN) and smuggling of illicit fire arms were discussed, police said.
Traffic issues such as diversion of HTVs and checking of vehicles on borders on 23rd and 25th January 2015, bordering districts to coordinate vehicle checking at unmanned border points in tandem with each other, returning of non-designed commercial goods vehicles from Delhi borders, fixation of "Rear Under Protection Devices" and lateral under protective device and commercial unit vehicles were stressed upon, he said.
The meeting ended with a resolution to have increased co-ordination in policing in the NCR region with emphasis on one-to-one interaction at all levels and units in order to provide a more secure environment to citizens of Delhi and neighboring areas, police said.