600 new jawans inducted, ORTs deployed.
New Delhi: Security measures at the Delhi Metro and the IGI airport have been stepped up with the induction of over 600 fresh CISF personnel and commuters are being thoroughly frisked in view of the heightened vigil in the run up to the Independence Day on 15 August.
The officials said while passengers in the Delhi Metro are being twice frisked before entering the Delhi Metro stations, additional CISF quick reaction teams (QRTs) and flying squads have been deployed at select stations that witness a heavy footfall or are important from the security point of view.
The Central Industrial Security Force, that is tasked to secure over 210 stations of the Metro in the national capital region, has enhanced the number of security personnel in the network to keep a better eye on the people and their luggage, the officials said.
Passengers getting in at a number of airports are also being frisked twice, first manually and later with a hand-held metal detector, they said, adding that instructions have been issued to the personnel to render the job scrupulously but without taking much time. A new control room with smart tools and 5,000 CCTVS has been commissioned for the CISF.
Special teams of mufti-wearing intelligence and passenger profiling sleuths have been deployed at various stations and they have been asked to keep an eye on a few stations by continuously moving between them, another official said on the condition of anonymity.
Passengers are randomly being made to undertake a second frisking at the IGI Airport. About 100-150 additional CISF personnel have been deployed at the Delhi airport. and passengers may have to undergo a rigorous check of themselves and their luggage in certain cases. The number of plain clothed personnel inside and outside the airport have also reportedly been enhanced.
India will celebrate its 72nd Independence Day on 15 August this year. This will be PM Modi’s fifth Independence Day speech and the last for his term. From Kashmir, mob violence, demonetisation, GST and women’s empowerment; PM Modi addressed the nation last year on a variety of issues.