Mas­sive Se­cu­rity for Swear­ing-in Cer­e­mony

More than 10,000 se­cu­rity per­son­nel have been de­ployed to se­cure the Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van and places where for­eign dig­ni­taries are stay­ing

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - AMAN SHARMA

The pres­ence of for­eign lead­ers with high threat per­cep­tion like Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lankan Pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japaksa at Naren­dra Modi's swear­ing in has led to a mas­sive scale-up in se­cu­rity for the event on Mon­day.

More than 10,000 per­son­nel are be­ing de­ployed to se­cure the Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van – where Modi will take the oath of of­fice as Prime Min­is­ter on Mon­day evening – and ho­tels where top dig­ni­taries are stay­ing, as well as to man­age traf- fic, mak­ing the se­cu­rity ar­range­ment for the event on par with that for the Repub­lic Day pa­rade.

“Usu­ally, there is one high-pro­file for­eign leader for the Repub­lic Day func­tion. But the si­mul­ta­ne­ous pres­ence of a galaxy of for­eign heads, in­clud­ing those with high threat per­cep­tion like Sharif and Ra­japak­sha, is a ma­jor chal­lenge to en­sure fool-proof se­cu­rity,” a se­nior home min­istry of­fi­cial said. The Na­tional Se­cu­rity Guard (NSG) and Delhi Po­lice, along with the Cen­tral Re­serve Po­lice Force, will be the main agencies in charge of se­cu­rity ar­range­ments. Raisina Hill, the Lu­tyens’ Delhi area that houses the Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van and other key govern­ment build­ings, will be sealed off five hours be­fore the func­tion. All of­fices in the North and South Blocks will be closed by 1 PM, while snipers from the Army and NSG will be de­ployed on rooftops and at van­tage points around the area. A full re­hearsal of the event and sani­ti­sa­tion of the routes to be taken by the VIPs have been done on Satur­day and Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Delhi, es­pe­cially the Lu­tyens’ zone, is ex­pected to come to a vir­tual halt on Mon­day evening with di­ver­sions on all ma­jor routes be­tween 2 PM and 8 PM to en­sure smooth flow of the cav­al­cades of the VIPs. There will also be top-notch se­cu­rity at five pre­mium ho­tels where the VIPs will be stay­ing – Sharif will be at Taj Mans­ingh and Ra­japak­sha at Taj Palace. “Delhi Po­lice has taken over the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments at these ho­tels. The NSG will be as­sist­ing them,” the home min­istry of­fi­cial said. “Sharif and Ra­japak­sha are also get­ting their own se­cu­rity teams which will form the in­ner­most cor­don and Delhi Po­lice will form the outer ring as well as give pi­lot and es­cort ve­hi­cles,” this of­fi­cial said. Anil Shukla, Delhi’s joint com­mis­sioner for traf­fic, said the po­lice have done elab­o­rate se­cu­rity and traf­fic ar­range­ments for the “smooth con­duct of the func­tion and for the in­vi­tees in reach­ing the venue con­ve­niently”. Mean­while, the Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion Group will take over the se­cu­rity of Modi from the NSG and Gu­jarat Po­lice at the swear­ing-in func­tion it­self. The SPG had de­cided to ded­i­cate more than 5,000 of its men for the se­cu­rity of the new Prime Min­is­ter and has done a close anal­y­sis of in­tel­li­gence in­puts in­di­cat­ing ma­jor threats to Modi from ter­ror­ists. While giv­ing se­cu­rity to the high­pro­file guests on Mon­day and Tues­day will be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the NSG and Delhi Po­lice, the SPG will man­age the se­cu­rity of Modi at the swear­ing

in event and af­ter that.

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