Homeland security officials in India this week said they are equipped and ready to face chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats posed by terrorist groups during the October Commonwealth Games.
The games are expected to be attended by teams from 71 countries and territories, EconomicTimes.IndiaTimes.com reports.
An unnamed senior home ministry official told EconomicTimes.IndiaTimes.com that security agencies and police in New Delhi are prepared for new CBRN threats.
“The CBRN teams and new technological devices are needed in the backdrop of the changing face and style of operations of the terrorists,” the unnamed official told EconomicTimes.IndiaTimes.com.
Mullappally Ramachandran, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, agreed.
“We are making all preparations for the conduct of a safe and secure Commonwealth Games,” Ramachandran told EconomicTimes.IndiaTimes.com. “We are not waiting for any threat to emerge. We will try to address all threat perceptions without creating panic among the public and tension among the participants and the officials.”
Ramachandran also said that coordination between various security-related agencies, including the Intelligence Bureau, the Research and Analysis Wing and the National Security Guard has also been important.
“There is good coordination between our agencies and those of the participating countries,” Ramachandran told EconomicTimes.IndiaTimes.com. “The liaison group of security agencies has been addressing the concerns of the foreign countries and explaining the security preparations to them.”
Precautions include the positioning of NSG commandos in the city so that they can move swiftly to any stadium or any other place in the city where a threat is perceived.
Though the country’s armed forces will not be actively involved in the security arrangements for the games, some units of the army and the air force have been specially trained to handle any situations that might come up during the games, Indian officials said.