CISF plugs security loopholes at Delhi airport

Devesh K. Pandey

Orders skill-based deployment in wake of high threat perception

All anti-hijacking, anti-sabotage measures are being taken for Republic Day

Delhi Police have deployed one quick reaction team each at terminals

NEW DELHI: In the wake of a high threat perception ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, the Central Industrial Security Force has carried out a special security audit of Indira Gandhi International Airport here and made changes in the system of deployment to plug loopholes.

During the security audit, the force identified certain vulnerable pockets at the airport that required greater attention. While in the past security personnel were deployed according to availability, the CISF has now decided to assign tasks taking into account their skills. Accordingly, those who are good at combat skills and shooting have been kept in the forefront and deployed at vantage positions to effectively counter any assault.

Those among the personnel who are expert at spotting suspicious activities have been given charge of monitoring closed-circuit television cameras and passengers at the terminals. While the security personnel earlier had to continue doing the same job for long periods, they are being assigned work now on a rotational basis at different positions to break the monotony and maintain the optimum level of efficiency.

All anti-hijacking and anti-sabotage measures are being taken to prevent any possible terror attacks. In view of the Republic Day arrangements, additional force has been provided to guard the airport. Other agencies having offices at the airport have also been involved and briefed about the measures to be taken as part of the security arrangement.

CISF spokesperson Rohit Katiyar said: “We have been on high alert since the Mumbai terror attack last year. However, security has been further strengthened in view of the Republic Day celebrations.”

This apart, the Delhi police have deployed one quick reaction team each at the domestic and international terminals. A large number of personnel have also been kept in reserve under the contingency plan. To ensure close coordination between the two security agencies, a CISF functionary will be deployed with each Police Control Room team deployed in the area. The PCR teams will also include a policeman each from the local police station.

Patrolling has been intensified in the areas surrounding the airport, particularly the city side.

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