New Delhi: Are you originally a resident of
a country other than India?
This is a question which the Delhi Police has asked
jawans and personnel of various security forces who will be
deployed for securing the Commonwealth Games here.
The eight-page questionnaire then goes on to ask the
policemen about his or her address in the foreign country,
date of entry to India and even the checkpost or point of
entry where the security personnel entered from.
The Delhi Police is looking after accreditation and
verification of security personnel drawn from para-military
forces like CRPF, CISF, ITBP, BSF, SSB and NSG.
These commandos have been given the `Special Security
Questionnaire` for re-verification after they are selected for
security-related duties for the sporting extravaganza by their
Interestingly, the questionnaire also asks these
government employees -- who draw their salaries from the
exchequer -- about the source of their income, including that
of their family members.
"Have you ever had personal contact with an official of a
foreign country other than as a result of official duties? and
have you ever been a prisoner of war or held in enemy country
for any duration" are some other questions that the sleuths
have put forth in black and white to these men in `Khaki`.
Some of the other questions include, asking the personnel
whether they have "been a member of any cultural or social
organisation which is associated with or assisted by any
foreign mission? Particulars of relatives (Indian and
non-Indian) working in foreign missions and organisations
including foreign concerns."
"These questions have been asked to the security
personnel as it was desired by the authorities. Probably the
concern of security agencies involved in the Commonwealth
Games is to make foolproof arrangements sans any bias or
favour regarding international athletes and participants on
the part of these personnel," a senior officer involved in the
A number of questions regarding their contacts in foreign
countries and visits have been asked to these personnel to
rule out the possibility of any conflict of interest, the
The securitymen have also been asked if any of their
relatives (including children) are living overseas? The
questionnaire also enquires the security personnel if they
have "ever been a member or worker of any political party or
have participated in any political activity". The question
applies to the security personnel`s relatives too.
The foreign connect of these security personnel continues
to be probed in further questions as the policemen have to
detail any person above 18 years of age residing with them who
has "visited or resided in overseas countries?"
The photograph bearing questionnaire also mentions that
if any information that is furnished is false or the facts
have been hidden, the services of the securitymen are liable
to be terminated "solely on this ground".