Multi-layer security over Yamuna floodplains

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New Delhi, Mar 11: A multi-layer security blanket was thrown over the Yamuna floodplains here today with 12,000 police officials being deployed for the three-day World Culture Festival which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The security personnel have been sourced from all 11 police districts, the Security Unit and specialised units like Police Control Room, Special Cell, Special Branch, Traffic department, Crime Branch and even the Economic Offences Wing.

Yamuna River

The top brass of Delhi Police was present at the venue where Special Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) Deepak Mishra held a security meeting, a senior official said.

He further said that a multi-layer security plan has been strategised keeping in mind the presence of the prime minister and other VVIPs at the event, Personnel from Delhi Police's PM security wing were also present.

A master control room has been set up for the event, which will take reports from five control rooms set up at the venue, with each coming under the supervision of a Joint Commissioner-rank officer.

"The biggest challenge in security arrangement with regard to this event is the uncertainty in terms of threats and the footfall," the senior official said, adding that cameras have been strategically installed at the venue to ensure that every nook and corner is under the security lens.

At least 500 police personnel will also be deployed at the hotel where the dignitaries are to be put up and around 4,000 personnel from Delhi Traffic Police are part of a masterplan chalked out by the chief of the department.

The cultural extravaganza organised by Sri Sri Ravishankar's Art of Living Foundation at the Yamuna floodplains concludes on Sunday.

Earlier this week, Delhi Police received inputs about threats to the event, following which it was decided to further step up the security arrangements.

All arrangements are being closely monitored by the 80,000 -strong force's chief, Alok Kumar Verma, the senior official said, adding that quick response teams, Special Weapons & Tactic Teams, dog squads and bomb squads have also been kept on their toes.


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