Mobile phones may be jammed at CWG venues

Last Updated: Jul 25, 2010, 12:05 PM IST

New Delhi: Security agencies are mulling
the option of installing mobile phone jammers at Commonwealth
Games venues to thwart any possible terror strike.

Sources said the step is being considered in view of the
threat to the fortnight-long sporting extravaganza from
terrorist groups which may try to use mobile phones to trigger
explosives as they have done on several occasions in the past.

There has been no credible threat so far but the
government is taking every pre-emptive precaution, sources
said.

Each of the 13 competition venues for the Commonwealth
Games will have a three-tier security ring and special
arrangements will be made to transport the athletes to and
from the Games Village with helicopters carrying commando
snipers keeping an eye on the convoys below.

This is to prevent a repeat of the Lahore attack of
March 2009 in which militants shot at and injured Sri Lankan
cricketers touring Pakistan.

To ensure fleet security, each of the 574 vehicles used
for ferrying athletes across the city will have to undergo a
mandatory anti-sabotage clearance every morning before
athletes board it.

The Government has already sanctioned Rs 330 crore for
procurement of high-tech weapons and gadgets, armoured
vehicles, close circuit television cameras, metal detectors,
bomb disposal equipment and protective gear for chemical and
biological attacks.

Over 10,000 athletes from 71 countries, and 500,000
spectators are expected in Delhi for the Commonwealth Games
between October 3 and 14.

PTI

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