Delhi To Become Fortress For G20; Everything Shut, Setion-144 Imposed, Snipers In City And Much More


G20 Meeting Security Arrangements

Security organizations are making sure that everything is ready for the G20 Summit, which is set to occur on September 9 and 10 in Delhi at the recently rebuilt Pragati Maidan.

Foreign intelligence services are also involved in the operation, with a primary goal of protecting their respective leaders. According to sources, to ensure the smooth execution of the event, intelligence agencies from nearly all the countries attending it are in constant contact with India's Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), the country's foreign intelligence agency, and Intelligence Bureau (IB), its domestic counterpart. To prevent any disturbances or criminal activity, Delhi Police has implemented Section 144 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) over the whole city. Unless it is withdrawn before September 12, this measure will go into force on August 29 and last for 15 days, ending on that date.

The National Security Guards (NSG), also known as the "Black Cats," an elite unit and the Special Protection Group (SPG) commandos will both be present at the event. The deployment of Delhi Police officers and paramilitary force members are additional security measures. For increased security at the G20 Summit, National Security Guard (NSG) commandos and Army snipers will be stationed in high-rise structures.  Anti-drone radars will be used to mitigate any potential airborne threats. In addition, commando forces of the Indian Army that are mounted on helicopters and are equipped with cutting-edge weapons are tasked with eliminating such potential threats.

Holiday In Delhi

A public holiday has been declared in the nation's capital from September 8 to 10, during which time numerous institutions, offices, banks, schools, business and commercial establishments, among others, will remain closed. The high-profile summit will feature participation from heads of various countries and foreign delegations.

As part of security drills for the G20 summit, Delhi Police will monitor social media to halt any rumor-mongering or inflammatory tweets, identify and check criminal groups, and concentrate on malls, markets, and religious sites in the city, authorities said on Thursday. After a review meeting with senior Delhi Police officials, including the police commissioner, held by Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena, they said that all borders will be "sealed to prevent unwarranted entry" into the nation's capital while regular vehicular and public movements will be permitted.

During the discussion, the L-G was informed that 60 deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) had been appointed to supervise and manage particular activities associated with the G20 summit scheduled for next month. The DCPs, according to them, will be in charge of security at and around the summit site at Pragati Maidan, as well as at the airport, certain hotels where dignitaries and delegates will stay, locations where the wives of the state heads will visit, and traffic routes.

Saxena gave stringent instructions to the Delhi Police on observance of security protocols with an emphasis on the G20 meeting.

According to the LG's instructions, additional security measures to be carried out by Delhi Police included friendly interactions with delegates, tourists, and the general public, constant vigilance to prevent illegal gatherings, "sealing of all borders to prevent unwarranted entry into the city," identification and restraint of the bad guys' activities, among others.

Any gaps in sanitation, vandalism, or road upkeep shall be reported to the relevant departments by the field police personnel. According to them, the police will also monitor social media trends and messages, particularly those that contain incendiary language and rumor-mongering.

Putting commandos on guard at key sites

A group of 19 Delhi Police commandos who just finished a four-week markswomanship training course at an ITBP facility will be stationed in key areas of the city, including the site of the G20 summit. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police held a four-week period of specialized training for the commandos at its training facility in Karera, Madhya Pradesh.

According to Hindustan Times (HT), up to 700 members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) would be in charge of securing the 43 foreign leaders who are traveling to New Delhi for the G20 conference.

These employees have all served in the National Security Guards (NSG) or Special Protection Groups (SPG).

The wives and families of these leaders will be under the protection of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) forces.

"All of these 700+ employees have received training in protecting dignitaries. Under the condition of anonymity, a CRPF official informed the newspaper that they would cooperate with their foreign counterparts in charge of the personal security of the various heads of state and would operate similarly to the SPG.

43 heads of state are anticipated to attend the G20 conference in New Delhi. PTI File Image

The SPG, which is made up only of elite police, paramilitary, Intelligence Bureau (IB), and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) personnel, is in responsibility of the prime minister of India's protection.

"Those who have previously worked with SPG or NSG and handled high-profile VIPs have received a refresher course in VIP security. It is very similar to the commandos' 10-week training period. A VIP security official informed CNN-News18 that soft skills about the cultural sensitivity of the 18 nations the delegates are likely to tour have also been taught.

According to Live Hindustan, practically all of the G20 summit's participating nations' foreign intelligence services are in touch with India's RAW and IB to protect their respective leaders.

In addition, India has prepared a number of backup vehicles to transport the dignitaries. According to CNN-News18, there will be close to 4,000 Delhi Police officers at the G20 venue in Pragati Maidan, the majority of whom will be wearing plain clothes.

Hotel safety

According to News18, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and NSG will take control if an intervention is needed in the hotels where the visiting foreign dignitaries are staying.

In order to handle any hostage situations during the summit, hotels would have "House Intervention Teams" or HIT squads made up of Delhi Police officers and NSG commandos. HIT teams receive training in urban warfare in cramped quarters while armed with Tavor TAR-21 assault rifles from Israel and Glock 17 handguns from the United States.

These won't be like the SWAT troops that will be stationed outside the specified hotels, according to the TOI. HIT members will have the assistance of snipers who will be able to see the hotel galleries in the event of a hostage situation.

This week, the IAF and NSG will conduct crawling drills at specific hotels to test whether commandos can use helicopters to land in an emergency.

According to reports from news agency PTI, which cited officials, there will be more than 450 quick response teams (QRT) of police and disaster management units stationed at the G20 summit site, 23 designated hotels, and routes followed by the foreign leaders.

Seven disaster management teams will continue to be stationed at key areas, including four hotels, Pragati Maidan, Rajghat, and IARI-PUSA (Indian Agricultural Research Institute), in order to further increase security.

According to Indian Express, 69 explosive detection canines from the police's K9 team will be stationed at crucial locations throughout the National Capital, from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport route to their designated hotels.

The majority of these dogs have received training in explosive detection, some in drug detection, and others are tracker dogs.

A senior police officer informed the newspaper that they would be stationed outside the airport, hotels where the dignitaries would be staying, and any locations they would visit around the clock.

According to Times Now, the more than 5,000-personnel anti-sabotage units of the Indian Army would contribute to the safety of the National Capital.

According to PTI, up to 80 doctor teams and 130 ambulances are getting ready to tackle any medical issues that might occur during the summit. Security officers and medical professionals are prepared to handle any threat, including nuclear, biological, and chemical ones.

According to the news agency, 66 fire trucks will be placed at the G20 area and specific hotels.

According to News18, there are also units ready to deal with bombs, drones, biological weapons, and chemical weapons. At the G20 location, anti-drone units with specialized weapons and jammer equipment will be stationed.

The New Indian Express (TNIE) said that AI or Artificial Intelligence-powered cameras are being utilized to inform security if anyone is seen scaling the walls or exhibiting strange body movements during the summit.

According to Times Now, airborne dangers would be monitored by anti-drone equipment that can be mounted on vehicles.

Restricted Traffic Flow

According to the TNIE report, nearly 10,000 traffic police officers will be in charge of ensuring that traffic flows smoothly throughout the summit.

During the summit days, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), medium goods vehicles (MGVs), and light goods vehicles (LGVs) would not be permitted admission into the National Capital. According to HT, only goods vehicles transporting necessities like milk, vegetables, ration items, medications, and gasoline supplies will be permitted.

Although interstate buses can go through Delhi, they must end their journeys on the Ring Road. Traffic rerouting will be required for vehicles already in Delhi. Passengers arriving at the New Delhi, Old Delhi, and Indira Gandhi International (IGI) railway stations during the summit days would be accommodated.

Additionally, between September 8 and 10, 160 domestic flights to and from IGI Airport are said to have been canceled as a result of the G20 conference.

According to TNIE, these traffic restrictions will be in force until September 10th.

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