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Delhi Police`s CW Games security proposal has no takers

New Delhi: In the aftermath of the 26/11
attacks, Delhi Police pushed hard for a special law seeking
wide-ranging powers to ensure foolproof security during the
Commonwealth Games but the idea did not find favour either
with the Union Home Ministry or the city government.

Arguing that the city could be an attractive target for
terror groups during the event, police first approached the
Home Ministry to frame such a legislation seeking powers like
taking people into preventive custody and carry out raids in
Noida, Ghaziabad and other satellite towns of neighbouring
states.

When the Home Ministry turned down the request, Delhi
Police approached the city government if it could do something
on its demand. But the city government also expressed its
inability to pursue the matter, saying law and order in Delhi
comes under the Home Ministry.

"The proposal was struck down by the Union Home Ministry
as well as the Delhi Government," a top official in city`s
home department told reporters.

The official said the city police sought granting of
special powers to it till the event was over and even cited
example of a legislation enacted by authorities in Melbourne
just ahead of the Commonwealth Games there in 2006.

"The police, citing possible terror attacks in the city,
said they needed more power to ensure foolproof security
during and in the run-up to the mega sporting event," the
official, who wished not to be named, said.

He said the legislation enacted by the Victorian
government had given police powers like removing people from
any part of a Games venue or access areas without arresting
them or detaining people to restore public order.

The Home Ministry and Delhi Police are already working
on a massive security plan for the Games -- the biggest
sporting event to be held in India -- which includes
deployment of heli-borne snipers and a four-layered protective
cordon around the venues and Games Village.

The Home Ministry has given highest priority to the
security of the October 3-14 sporting extravaganza.

Although there is no credible threat to the Games, still
the government is taking all precautions as any attempt to
target any sports person or official by terrorists may have
international repercussion.

Around 9,000 athletes from 71 countries besides 100,000
international spectators are expected to participate in the
Games.

PTI

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