Delhi Police to secure 67 VVIP homes instead of CRPF

About 1,000 Delhi Police personnel took over the security of 67 VVIP bungalows in the Capital from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on Tuesday as part of an exercise undertaken by the Election Commission to get more Central police organisation personnel for election duty.

The Lok Sabha polls in Delhi are scheduled for April 10.

Request by Election Commission

The CRPF personnel were pulled out from VVIP security duty after the Election Commission requested the Union Home Ministry to provide them sufficient men from the Central forces.

The Union Home Ministry, on the request of the Election Commission, ordered the CRPF to pull its personnel out from the residences of 67 VVIPs across the Capital and asked Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sen Bassi to deploy Delhi Police personnel in their place.

Order implemented

A Delhi Police officer said a letter to this effect had been received at the office of the Delhi Police Commissioner. The Ministry order, issued on Monday, was implemented on Tuesday.

The CRPF personnel pulled out from VVIP duty will now be trained for election duty.

Confirming the development, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev told The Hindu: “We had requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to provide us 19 companies of Central forces for security during the elections. At our request, the Ministry has provided 1,000 CRPF personnel for security duty. They will be imparted training for election duty from Wednesday.”

To prevent violence, booth capturing

The idea is to train more men from the paramilitary forces to prevent violence or booth capturing during polling.

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