More CISF companies for airport

NEW DELHI MARCH 29. The Central Industrial Security Force would soon be increasing its deployment at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here by eight companies of trained personnel as and when the accommodation problem gets resolved.

The Inspector General of CISF, R.K. Shukla, has said that four companies -- which underwent a month long training at Hyderabad on the working of airport and sensitivity attached to it -- have already been deployed at IGI Airport. An additional force of four companies would be called in after their housing problem is resolved.

To accommodate more security personnel, the authorities have taken up the job to renovate the existing CISF retiring camp near Mahipalpur in South-West Delhi. The camp's renovation is said to be in its final stages. Officials are also looking for a place near the airport where they could establish a bigger camp.

The decision to hand over the security of airports to CISF was taken after the IC-814 hijacking case that led to the release of Maulana Masood Azhar, founder of Pakistan-based Jaish-e- Mohammad. However, the total transfer of security arrangements to CISF here has been held in abeyance due to various reasons. Arguing that it takes time to arrange 2,000 trained personnel, Mr. Shukla said the process would be accomplished within a year. Not long ago, only three battalions were deployed at the periphery.

At present, the CISF has been deployed at IGI Airport under the supervision of Delhi police. The coordinating body for all the different agencies stationed for airport security is the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, officials added.

``Security of IGI Airport is a very sensitive subject given the persistent threat of a terrorist attack. It is, thus, important that anyone who takes over IGI Airport security should be able to cope up with the pressures of guarding a sensitive installation without coming in the way its day-to-day functioning,'' said a Delhi police official.

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