New Delhi: To ensure foolproof security and prevent any Lahore-like attack on sportsmen during the Commonwealth Games, the Centre has sanctioned nearly Rs80 crore to Delhi Police to upgrade its inventory and equipment.
“A total of Rs78.26 crore has been sanctioned to Delhi Police to procure additional security equipment like X-ray scanners, Door Frame Metal Detectors, Hand Held Metal Detectors, vehicles, communication equipment, specifically for Commonwealth Games 2010,” a Home Ministry official said.
An empowered security committee headed by union home secretary and a Commonwealth Games security review committee headed by additional secretary (centre-state) have been constituted in the home ministry to review the security arrangements for the games.
“The two committees will hold meetings from time to time to review security arrangements at construction sites as part of security vetting of construction plans,” the official said.
The steps become significant considering the attack by terrorists on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore on 3 March, which killed six policemen and injured seven players and officials. In a similar incident, during the 1972 Munich Olympics, terrorists had killed eleven Israeli athletes and coaches and one police officer.