Over 65 companies of para-military forces have reported to the Delhi Police so far for deployment across the city in view of the upcoming Commonwealth Games. A large chunk of the force will assist the police in maintenance of law and order.
As part of the security arrangements for the international sporting event, the Delhi Police are to get over 150 companies from para-military organisations including the Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Sashastra Seema Bal. “The units started reporting to us a few days ago. They are being provided accommodations at Jharoda and Wazirabad. Similar arrangements will be made at Malviya Nagar and other places as and when required,” said a police officer, adding that the first phase of allocation of the force had been completed.
The para-military personnel at the disposal of the Delhi Police are now being allocated to the district police for use in routine jobs. “They are being deployed for patrolling, picketing, checking and for mere show of strength in crime-prone areas. They are also assisting in carrying out search operations in busy places like markets whenever required,” said another police officer.
The security personnel are usually deployed for six to eight hours after being briefed by the respective Station House Officers regarding their jobs for the day. “At present, there is no need for heavy deployment at the Games venues and we are using the extra force for general law and order maintenance. Increased presence of security personnel will act like deterrence. During the Games, the 11 police districts will be provided three to five companies each to ensure safety and security of the city,” said the police officer.
The antecedents of the security personnel to be deployed at the Games-related venues would be verified by the police and intelligence agencies. They would be required to fill out personal details in a verification form, sources said.