Centre sanctions 80 crore rupees for Commonwealth Games security

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New Delhi, Mar. 8 (ANI): The Central Government has sanctioned nearly 80 crore rupees to the Delhi Police to upgrade its equipment to provide foolproof security and avert any Lahore-type attack on sportsmen during the Commonwealth Games.

"A total of Rs 78.26 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 source said.

To review the security arrangements for the Games, an empowered security committee headed by union home secretary and a Commonwealth Games security review committee headed by additional secretary, have been set-up in the home ministry.

"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 source revealed.

On March 3, around a dozen heavily armed assailants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team's bus and a police escort at Liberty Chowk near Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. At least six cricketers were wounded, while six policemen and a driver were killed in the ambush.

In 1972, during the 1972 Munich Olympics, terrorists had killed eleven Israeli athletes and coaches and one police officer. (ANI)

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