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CISF apprehends woman with pistol

A woman was caught by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at GTB Nagar Metro Station after the X-ray machine detected a country-made pistol in her bag. Some jewellery and USD 100 were also found in her bag after checking. This is the third incident in the past two weeks where a commuter has been caught with a pistol, trying to sneak into the Delhi Metro train.According to senior CISF officials, the matter came to light on Saturday at around 4:35 pm when during the baggage screening of a lady passenger, through X-ray machines at GTB Nagar Metro Station, Constable Milan Ghose detected the image of a pistol and some live rounds.“The constable immediately stopped the conveyer belt as well as the passenger was stopped, and he informed the matter to his senior officers. The bag was then physically checked in presence of the lady passenger and a country-made pistol along with eight live rounds of 3.25 bore was recovered. The woman was identified as Inder Pal Kaur (36), a resident of Mukherjee Nagar area,” a senior officer said. The matter was then conveyed to the senior officers and station controller. The woman was brought to the station control room along with her bag. X-RAY DETECTS According to senior CISF officials, the matter came to light on Saturday at around 4:35 pm when during the baggage screening of a lady passenger, through X-ray machines at GTB Nagar Metro Station, Constable Milan Ghose detected the image of a pistol and some live rounds.

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Scare as ‘drone’, flight nearly clash

The security agencies were thrown into a tizzy on Friday, when a drone-like unidentified flying object (UFO) and an Air India (AI) flight about to land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) almost collided.Seconds later, another flight to Leh, which had taken off from another runway at IGIA, also spotted the flying object.The ATC then immediately alerted the Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC), which roped in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police.The incident affected some departures and arrivals as a CISF search team of armed commandos was rushed to the spot to look for this flying object, which according to the two pilots was spotted not far from runway 27-9.The team, however, could not locate the UFO within the periphery of the airport.The incident sparked panic among the intelligence agencies as it was the first day of Parliament’s Winter Session and the airport was witnessing heavy VIP movement.According to sources at the airport, around 10 am, pilot of the AI 914 Dammam-Delhi flight, Sandeep Kumar, reported a “flight safety hazard”, saying that when he was about to land at runway 27 and was at a height of 2,100 ft, he saw a drone-like object flying “slightly right on the central approach path of the runway”.”The pilot immediately reported the matter to the Delhi ATC, which alerted the AOCC and the CISF and Delhi Police were roped in. The pilot also gave a hand-written complaint in this regard at the police station. Surprisingly, the object was observed by another pilot as well,” a senior officer said.Drone-like UFO sighting at the IGIA is is not something new but such incidents leave the security and intelligence sleuths rattled. In October this year, a Jet Airways Singapore-Delhi flight, while preparing to land on runway 29, reported a drone flying in the proximity, nearly 300-400 meters above the ground.Earlier, three such incidents were reported in 2016, while two were reported in 2015.UFO MENACE AT IGI AIRPORTOct 7, 2017 Jet Airways’ Singapore to Delhi flight reports a drone flying near the airport. Mar 31, 2016 UFO spotted over the apron area but disappears before security forces arrive. Mar 13, 2016 A balloon-like structure spotted close to an operational runway at Delhi airport.

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In 2017, CISF earns its highest-ever consultancy revenue

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) earned a record Rs 2.5 crore through its consultancy services this year. The paramilitary force that secures the Delhi Metro and the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in the national Capital also provides consultancy services, and had recently offered them to schools after the Ryan murder case.Hemendra Singh, assistant inspector general and public relations officer of the CISF, said that during this calendar year, CISF’s total revenue earning was 2.54 crore — the highest-ever in a single calendar year since the inception of the force’s consultancy services. The previous best earning through consultancy was Rs 2.10 crore in 2015.The CISF has provided consultancy services to 157 establishments under both government and private sectors, and PSUs.Some of the force’s prominent clients include AIIMS, Allahabad High Court, Central Jail Bhopal, IITs, IIM Indore, Infosys Ltd, LBS Academy of Administration Mussourie, Museums under Ministry of Culture, RBI Mumbai, Aditya Birla Group institutions, Bajaj Auto Ltd, and others.”Through the consultancy services, we intend to provide integrated security solutions that are tailor-made to suit the requirements of the clients. Recently, we offered our consultancy services to various schools as a social responsibility measure. Till date, 14 schools from all parts of country have requested t6he CISF to provide consultancy services to strengthen their security apparatus,” Singh said.

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CRPF upset over removal from ‘soft’ VIP postings

The decision by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to relieve the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police if VIP security and hand it over to Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has created fissures among the paramilitary forces. The CRPF is objecting to the move on the grounds that it will take away the possibility of soft postings for the force that is mostly serving in conflict zones, combating Maoists and deployed in Jammu and Kashmir.Sources said five battalions, comprising nearly 5,000 troops from CRPF are currently rotated for VIP duty, allowing them a soft posting and providing a break from continuously serving in a conflict zone.Other than taking on stone-pelters in Kashmir recently, the force has also been part of anti-terror operations in the state along with the Army and state police.The force is preparing a detailed presentation on the subject that will be taken up with the Ministry of Home Affairs, sources said.The VIP security will be handed over to CISF in a phased manner. While ITBP, entrusted with guarding the India-China border, has welcomed the move, the CISF will need to increase its strength to meet the requirement of additional VIP duty.”There will need to be a quick recruitment in CISF to meet the demand of providing security to nearly 100 more personalities to begin with,” said an official from one of the forces.According to the plan, CISF and National Security Guards (NSG) — popularly known as Black Cats — will remain the two main forces for VIP security. Currently, the CRPF and CISF protect around 150 personalities, with each force guarding close to 75 VIPs. Among the CRPF protectees are some high profile names like BJP President Amit Shah and industrialist Mukesh Ambani, who pays for his security.ITBP currently guards only 17 personalities, while NSG gives protection to 14.There are categories of security — highest being Z plus, followed by Z, X and Y, depending on threat perception.ADDED RECRUITSFive battalions, comprising nearly 5,000 troops from CRPF are rotated for VIP duty Mostly serve conflict zones, combating Maoists and deployed in Jammu and Kashmir Protect around 150 personalities, guarding close to 75 VIPs

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Delhi police failed to solve 66% cases

The Delhi police’s average crime solving percentage across all its administrative districts till November 19 this is as low as 33.37%. This is when the National Crime Records Bureau has ranked the city as the worst in increasing crime cases.Confidential police documents accessed by DNA show that the force has been struggling to clear case backlogs. This is when the Commissioner of Police recently told the media that the number of crimes is high in the city because more cases are being registered.The New Delhi district headed by DCP BK Singh is the worst despite having the biggest police deployment. It managed to solve only 23% of the 3,120 cases. Then comes Rohini that could solve 26% of the total 18,046 cases.The North district achieved a rate of only 29%. It registered 9,513 cases. It is followed by the Southeast that could solve 30% of the 20,549 cases. The East district scored 31%. It registered 15,659 cases. The outer district managed to solve 33% of the 14,961 cases.The Northwest also clocked 33%. It recorded 19,400 cases.The police in West, Southwest and Northeast districts have solved 36% of the 16,105, 14,474 and 15,613 cases, respectively.The Central district recorded 9,564 cases and solved a 37% of them.The Shahadra district performed better and scored 41%. It recorded 12,798 cases. The South district has fared the best. It solved 44% of the 19,786 cases.The IGI airport police, which does not usually witness heinous crimes at it falls in a sensitive zone and has round-the-clock security by the CISF, solved 56% of the 577 cases that included only one murder and a rape as heinous crimes.Railways and Delhi Metro, however, were the worst in non-major police pockets. Both solved 21% and 22% cases, respectively. The Railways recorded 3,683 cases, while the Metro saw 11,872.
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CISF jawan runs amok, kills 3 including wife, colleague

A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable ran amok on Wednesday night and shot dead his wife, colleague and his wife on the suspicion of allegedly being involved in extra martial affairs in the Kishtwar district of Jammu division.Police have arrested the accused CISF constable Ingalpu Surendar and booked him under section 302 Ranbir Penal Code (RPC). Police said extra-marital affairs appeared to be the motive behind the murder.Police said during the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, constable Ingalpu Surendar, posted to guard the Dul Hasti hydro-power project, barged into the residential quarter of his colleague constable Kekane Rajesh Kiran and fired indiscriminately, killing him on the spot.When Rajesh’s wife Shobha tried to save her husband, the accused turned his gun at her too, killing her on the spot. Later Constable Rajesh went to his residential quarter and shot dead his wife Lavanya.Both slain constable Rajesh and his wife Shobha hail from Nashik in Maharashtra. The accused constable hail from Khamam district of Telengana.”Preliminary investigation reveals that cause of death is some extra-martial issue. Further investigation is on. We have arrested the accused and recovered the empty cases of his service weapon from the spot,” said Abrar Chaudhary, senior superintendent of police, Kishtwar.Police said constable Surendar was posted at the drop gate of the Dul Hasti Hydro Electric Power Project when he sought permission from his in-charge to go to toilet. However, instead of going to toilet he went to residential quarters at the Shalimar Colony and killed the three.”We received information during the intervening night that constable Surendar has killed his wife, colleague and his wife. Immediately, a team headed by Station House Officer rushed to the spot,” said Chaudhary.Later, the bodies were removed to the mortuary and a team of doctors was constituted to conduct the postmortem. “Further investigation in the case is under progress,” said Chaudhary.He doubted wifeAccording to preliminary investigations, the accused suspected his wife of having extra-marital affairs with his colleague. When the latter’s wife tried to save him, she too was shot dead.
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CISF, cops to replan Metro’s security structure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the molestation of a journalist at ITO metro station subway sparked a row over women’s safety, Director General of CISF, the force that secures metro stations, and Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik, on Friday, discussed a review of the present security system of Delhi Metro.It was on Tuesday night when the journalist who was entering the metro station was attacked by a man who attempted to grope the woman. CCTV footage of the incident which went viral on social media also shows that when the woman was confronted and raised an alarm, the man tried to escape but was chased by the journalist. A day later he was arrested by the Delhi Police and was identified as a 25-year-old tea stall worker.Following the incident, while the DG CISF, OP Singh, has directed his DIG DMRC unit to review the security setup in Delhi Metro, Patnaik also ordered a Special Commissioner to look into the security structure that the Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP)follows. Soon the Delhi Police and CISF are expected to replan their security set up in Delhi Metro.The incident took place in the subway that connects the main road to ITO metro station. When DNA looked into the security set up of a metro station, it was found that various areas are divided according to jurisdiction of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police’s DMRP.However, Singh pointed out that the force is always the first responder to any incident inside or even in the proximity to any metro station. “For us, security and safety of passengers come first and we have always responded with our best. Such incidents are addressed with utmost priority and no laxity will be tolerated,” Singh said.Talking to DNA, a senior CISF officer said, “Technically the areas that fall under CISF’s are start from frisking gates to the platform. The tracks, electrical installations over the tracks and areas beyond frisking areas, like the entry staircase or subways connecting the metro station to main roads are to be technically guarded by the DMRP. However, since the DMRP is drastically short staffed, our QRTs keep patrolling these areas also.”Even on Tuesday, the CISF was the first responder when the journalist was attacked at ITO, the DG claimed. Pankaj Singh, DCP Metro, said that they have requested for increased manpower.SOLUTIONS NEEDEDDMRP – metro train track tunnel, electrical installations over the track, subways connecting metro stations to main roads, staircase at entrance of metro stations
CISF – from the frisking gates to the platforms
Problem: Every metro station in the Capital is divided into different areas to be taken care of by the CISF and DMRP separately. This creates confusion over jurisdiction in such cases leading to delayed action

Post more women personnel, smile more: Flyers to CISF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From requesting their armed men to frisk with a smile, to increasing the number of women officers at airports to making efforts at reducing the waiting time at security hold area and making lost and found services better — the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been flooded with suggestions following a recent survey that the force conducted at eight major airports.The CISF claimed that 95.58 per cent of more than 3 lakh passengers rated their services as very satisfactory but the time-consuming security mandates remained a major concern for the flyers.The survey was conducted at Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, and Delhi from October 1-30. Senior officers said the survey was aimed at getting feedback directly from the passengers about the quality of services being rendered by the CISF and to assess the performance of the Airport Security Group personnel.Passengers were asked to grade their experiences on a scale of 5 (excellent/very good/good/average/unsatisfactory) on four parameters — feeling of being safe, waiting time during security inspection, thoroughness of security inspection and the courtesy with attitude to help.CISF Director General OP Singh said 3.30 lakh forms were filled by passengers during the survey. “As many as 81.72 per cent passengers graded the performance of CISF as excellent, 13.86 per cent graded it as very good, 3.48 per cent good, 0.75 per cent average and 0.19 per cent rated it unsatisfactory. Thus, 95.58 per cent of 330,152 passengers rated CISF as excellent or very good on all four parameters, while only 0.94 per cent of all passengers rated it average or unsatisfactory. This rating has been given on only one or two parameters, such as waiting time in security inspection, and courtesy and attitude to help,” the DG said.Singh also said the force has received interesting suggestions, including asking the armed men to smile while frisking and being polite. Also, it was suggested, largely by women, that the airport needed to have more women personnel to frisk women flyers.Some passengers also asked the CISF to make efforts to reduce the waiting time during security checks at the SHA, which at present is nearly 90 seconds. Singh said efforts are being made in this direction and all feedback is being considered.

Online bargain lands CISF jawan in trouble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan shared his identification documents online with an unknown person who promised him a discounted iPhone. While the jawan never received his phone despite making a payment, the conman used his documents to dupe other people online. The Vakola police are now on the lookout for the accused.According to police sources, the complainant was lured by an online advertisement that claimed to sell an iPhone at half the price. Posing as a policeman, the accused then asked the jawan to send his scanned documents for identification, along with Rs 25,000 for the phone.”The use of his documents for further online fraud came to light when a police officer from Madhya Pradesh contacted the jawan’s senior officers telling them that the jawan was involved in some cyber fraud. The accused had even secured a SIM card on the jawan’s name,” said an officer from Vakola police station.

Soon, elite force for Metro security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Explosion at the Parsons Green station of the London Tube — the underground metro rail service in September, had also left the Indian agencies worried. Preparing to tackle any such disaster and combat terror attacks in Delhi Metro, the CISF has now raised a special elite force of 40 commandos who specialise in terror intrusion and close combat.Director General, Central Industrial Security Force, told DNA that equipped with advanced automatic weapons and armours along with canines the module that has been trained at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA), Hyderabad, is ready to take on any adversity.”The effort has been taken in order to specifically train our jawans to tackle any possible threats in metro trains. Their training includes anti-terror intrusions, anti-highjack combat, dealing with chemical attacks, biological disaster, explosions and any other emergency that may put human life and state property into danger. After completing their training these 40 men excel in hostage crisis, eliminating enemies, speedy evacuations and protecting passengers,” a senior CISF officer said.These men have also been trained in multiple martial art tactics for close combat, like Israeli fighting style Krav Maga and a set of Japanese martial arts — Jujutsu, Kenp and Aikido. “The commandos carry advanced automatic weapons like MP5 rifles and Glock pistols. They also carry armours and will be assisted by highly trained CISF canines to take down the enemies, when need be,” the officer added. Officers said that the specialised team will be called in only at the time of crisis.The Quick Reaction Teams and already deployed armed commandos will carry on regular sweeping and sanitisation of stations on daily basis.NISA, at Hyderabad, where the commandos were trained, has been imparting professional and specialised training to officers and men of CISF and other police organisations.It was in September when at least 20 people were injured in an explosion at the Parsons Green station of the London Tube. The state police had later confirmed that ‘Improvised explosive device’ (IED) was used in the underground train attack, which was termed as an act of terrorism.

6-year-old boy kidnapped, sodomised for 6 hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan’s 6-year-old boy was kidnapped and sodomised by a 21-year-old youth who spotted him playing near his house. After the boy went missing for hours, his relatives started searching for him and informed the police. However, six hours later, the victim’s uncle finally caught the man red-handed in a compromising position with the boy and handed him over to the police. On Tuesday afternoon, the boy was playing near Adinath Society in the Odhav area, when according to the police, they received a complaint from the boy’s father that he had gone missing. The family and the police then started a search in the area and it was only after six hours that the uncle chanced upon the youth with the boy behind a workshop 300 metres away from his house. The accused was identified as Mayur Suthar (21), a construction labourer, who revealed during his interrogation that he was passing by area when he started talking to the boy. He then took him for a ride, promising to teach to ride a bike as well, after which he took the boy behind the workshop and sodomised him. CB Tandel, in-charge inspector of Odhav police station said,“The accused was nabbed by the boy’s uncle and handed over to police. Suthar didn’t know the boy, he had randomly picked him and sodomised him. We have lodged a case against him and further investigation is underway.”

Dozen youngsters held for chanting Shiva Chalisa on Taj Mahal premises

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the backdrop of controversy over comments about the Taj Mahal, a dozen youngsters were reportedly detained for chanting the Shiva Chalisa on the premises of the monument.The youngsters claimed that Taj Mahal was originally a Shiva a temple, and were taken away by CISF personnel, reported Hindustan Times.The youngsters belonged to Rashtra Swabhimaan Dal (RSD) and Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) and were released after submitting a written apology.
ALSO READ Taj Mahal controversy a ploy by BJP to divert away from key issues: Kanhaiya KumarDeepak Sharma, a 30-year-old who led the group, justified the move saying: “It was basically ‘Tejomalaya’, a Shiva a temple, which was demolished by Mughal rulers to make the Taj Mahal.”He went on to add: “We did nothing wrong but apologised in writing because we were told by CISF officials that recital of ‘Shiva Chalisa’ was in violation of the Supreme Court orders. We respect the Supreme Court and had no intention to hurt religious feeling of any sect.”
ALSO READ Taj Mahal was a temple of Lord Shiva, destroyed by Shah Jahan: BJP MP Vinay KatiyarSharma said they had filed a PIL in the Supreme Court to find out why Hindus couldn’t ‘recite Shiva Chalisa’ at the Taj, which was owned by the central government’.This isn’t the first time someone has claimed that Taj Mahal built on an erstwhile Shiva a temple.
ALSO READ Damage control? CM Yogi plans Taj Mahal visit, says ‘it was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers’In 2014, former BJP UP chief Laxmikant Bajpai had claimed that the Taj Mahal was part of an ancient Shiva a Temple after SP leader Azam Khan had asked for it to be handed over to the Waqf board. He had said: “Azam’s dream to offer namaz five times at Taj will never be fulfilled.”Another senior BJP leader Vinay Katiyar had claimed that the Taj Mahal was a Lord Shiva a temple called ‘Tejo Mahal’ which was converted into a mausoleum by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.However, the claims about the Shiva a temple continued and culture minister Dr Mahesh Sharma had clarified in parliament on December 1, 2015 that the ‘government had not found any evidence which can suggest that Taj Mahal was a Hindu temple of Shiva a’.Earlier, in a bid to downplay the controversy, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said the monument was made by the blood and sweat of “Bharat Mata’s sons” and its protection was the responsibility of his governmentThe 17th century marble monument was built by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Both were buried there.With inputs from agencies

Security agencies in tizzy after bomb hoax at Delhi airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The security agencies at the Delhi airport had a nervous moment today after they received a hoax call about a bomb on a Mumbai-bound flight. A call centre of the airport operator received the call from a mobile phone at about 2 pm. The caller said in Hindi, “Delhi-Bombay flight mein bomb hai” (there is a bomb on a Delhi-Mumbai flight), a senior official engaged in airport security said.A meeting of the designated bomb threat assessment committee was immediately convened at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), he said, adding that at about 3.15 pm, the call was declared to be a hoax.Security measures had been stepped up at the IGIA on account of Diwali and other festivals over the weekend and hence, the call sent the agencies into a tizzy for a while, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer said, adding that the police were trying to trace the caller.

Coal scam: SC request CISF DG to consider CBI official’s promotion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court has requested the Director General of CISF to consider granting promotion to a CBI official, who was on deputation with the agency from the paramilitary force and associated with the probe into the coal block allocation scam.The top court observed that the officer was associated with coal scam probe since March 2013 and was retained by the CBI under the court’s direction due to which he “seems to have missed out on his promotion” to the rank of Assistant Commandant in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).CBI pointed out to the court that inspector Bodh Raj was on deputation with the agency from CISF since February 2005.”We request the Director General, CISF to consider granting promotion to Bodh Raj (Inspector, CBI) as a special case and report to this court after four weeks keeping in mind that his services were required in public interest and under the directions of this court,” a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said.”Bodh Raj should not suffer on account of this. Needless to say that the promotion of Bodh Raj should be considered with effect from the date his junior was promoted,” the bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri, said.The court was dealing with matters pertaining to the coal block allocation cases.The apex court had on January 23 constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the allegations of “abuse of authority” prima facie committed by former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha to scuttle investigation and enquiries in the coal block allocation cases.It had observed that a prima facie case has “definitely” been made out for probe into the abuse of authority by Sinha.It had later directed that no CBI officer, who is probing coal scam cases or officials from SIT probing allegations of “abuse of authority” against the former CBI director, would be transferred without its prior permission.

Ahmedabad-bound passenger held at Delhi airport for carrying bullets in luggage

Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 06:42 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Ahmedabad-bound passenger was apprehended at the Delhi airport for allegedly carrying five live bullets in his bag, an official said.The man, identified as Gurjinder S, was going through security checks at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport yesterday at about 1:25 pm when a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel detected a “bullet-like object” in his luggage, said a senior official involved in airport security.”Five live bullets were recovered from his bag. He was handed over to the police as he could not produce valid documents for carrying the bullets,” he said.Carrying arms and ammunition on board an aircraft without authorisation is banned.

Baggage tug crashes into plane at IGIA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An electronic baggage tug used for carrying passenger luggage to an aircraft crashed into a stationary Air India plane at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Saturday morning, damaging the aircraft’s engine. The plane that was scheduled to take off to Shanghai, departed after a delay of 45 minutes.According to senior officers, the incident took place around 11 am when the aircraft, a Boeing 787, was parked at the stand A10 at the airport, and was being prepared for takeoff. A baggage tug, which was being used, suddenly moved towards the plane and hit its engine.The flight, AI-348 was scheduled to depart for Shanghai at 12.15 pm. The aircraft was inspected for any damage. Air India officials said that they are investigating the incident and confirmed that the employees handling the baggage tug have been de-rostered.A senior CISF officer said that the AI-SATS driver Radhey Shyam lost control over his baggage trolley towing vehicle, after he pressed the ‘accelerator’ pedal accidentally.”Consequently, the EBT dashed into the engine (left wing) of flight AI 348. The driver sustained minor bruises and internal injury to his right elbow and was taken to the hospital for medical examination,” the officer said.

Suspected pickpocket enters Metro tunnel, creates chaos

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man got onto the Metro tracks at Rajiv Chowk station and walked into the tunnel on Friday evening, creating chaos and panic among onlookers and security agencies. He was later caught by the CISF and was handed over to the police.The incident took place around 8.30 pm when the man, who remained unidentified till late evening, got down from the platform number and started walking into the tunnel. Other passengers and security guards alerted the CISF.Witnesses said that some commuters suspected him to be a pickpocket and had caught hold of him when he jumped on the tracks to escape.”A quick response team immediately swung into action and the man was apprehended. Metro train traffic had to be held for some time. The man was brought to the control room where he was questioned. He did not have money to pay the fine and was therefore handed over to the police for further probe,” said a senior CISF officer.

This Gandhi Jayanti, cleanliness takes centrestage in NCR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Swachh Bharat Mission anniversary was observed by various institutions and groups across the National Capital Region (NCR) on Monday, through fun-filled activities and awareness programmes.Besides, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shashri on their birth anniversary, at a function organised at Vidhan Sabha. “I bow to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shashri. Both of them lived inspirational lives. We should try and mold their ideas in our lives,” he later tweeted.In a bid to commemorate the Swachhta Diwas, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) released a booklet, titled ‘Segregation of Waste at Source’. It was released by Puneet Kumar Goel, officiating Chairperson of the NDMC.He also distributed Swachhta Awards to organisations and participants, such as Gymkhana Club, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Pandara Road Market Association, RWA Laxmibai Nagar, Nehru Park, and four NDMC schools, on the basis of their contribution in terms of swachhta initiatives undertaken during the year in New Delhi area.Meanwhile, the civic body also dropped curtains on the Swacchta Pakhwada, following which the team NDMC, RWAs, MTAs, shopkeepers, NGOs, and other volunteers had contributed their Shramdaan at Connaught Place in New Delhi area.Also, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, led by DIG Srikant Kishore, took part in the Swachchhata Hi Sewa drive. As many as 359 personnel took part in the drive at Bagdola village of Sector 8, Dwarka. The drive started at 8 am, wherein senior CISF personnel interacted with civilians and officials from South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to enlist their cooperation in keeping the area clean.The unit also adopted a park in the area and it was decided that CISF personnel will assemble there on every second and fourth Thursday to join hands with the locals and municipal workers to ensure that the area is clean and green.The hospitals in the city were not to be left behind. At Dr Ram Monohar Lohia Hospital, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Chaubey, was the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony. The minister emphasised the importance of cleanliness and requested people to not litter.A Swachh Bharat Pakhwada was organised at the Lady Hardinge Medical College, where staff members who contributed towards maintaining cleanliness were awarded. Sulabh workers were acknowledged and appreciated for their work and Medical Director, Superintendent and FORDA President gave speeches to continue to maintain cleanliness in the hospital premises.Terming it Swachh Swasth Jeevan Diwas, AIIMS organised Swachhta Awards, 2017, and screened the movie ‘Toilet- Ek Prem Katha’.Schools in Noida’s Gautam Budh Nagar also took up the mission to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary.

ISRO files police complaint against rumours about smoke on its campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Officials of the Indian Space Research Organisation, Tamil Nadu campus, have filed a police complaint against unidentified persons for spreading rumours that smoke emanated after a “mysterious explosion” on its premises recently.Police said the ISRO officials lodged a complaint against unidentified persons for spreading rumours.Anti-Naxal team and CISF took up investigation after reports of smoke emanating on the campus in Mahendragiri of Tirunelveli district on June 23, the police said today, adding as per the probe, the incident was only a rumour.According to a police release, the investigation also revealed that a huge boulder located in a hilly area about 20 kms away from the campus had fell from the top on June 23.”Further investigation was underway in the matter,” the release added.

Speeding car with security man on bonnet triggers panic at IGIA, cabbie held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The security agencies at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) were thrown in a tizzy on Sunday, after a rashly driven Swift Dzire car, with a DIAL security person clinging to its bonnet, was spotted outside the departure terminal.Amid high drama, a Quick Response Team (QRT) of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF’s ) chased and intercepted the vehicle. The security officer on the bonnet survived with minor injuries and the driver was arrested. It was later revealed that the accused driver, identified as Dev Narayan Singh, a resident of Sangam Vihar in southeast Delhi, had hit the security personnel by mistake, and panicking, had driven on.The bizarre incident triggered panic related to vehicular terrorism, as frequent such cases involving vehicles have been reported all over the world in the recent past.The incident was reported at 4.11 pm. Arun Kumar, an officer with DIAL’s private security firm Raxa, spotted a Swift Dzire taxi, even though not authorised, trying to pick up customers from the airport. Kumar asked the driver to park in a corner.”Afraid of being handed over to the police, instead of stopping, the driver accelerated and rammed the car into Kumar, who jumped up on the bonnet to save himself. As the car was in motion, Kumar held on to the wipers to avoid falling off it,” a senior CISF officer said.Seeing this, a QRT deployed nearby instantly flashed a message about the white-colour car headed towards the exit from the departure terminal opposite gate number 7, and started chasing the vehicle.”Seeing armed commandos behind him and realising that there was no way to escape, the driver stopped the car and Kumar fell off. Commandos pulled the driver out and frisked him, following which police were called,” the officer said.Inquiry revealed that errant driver Singh worked for taxi aggregator Ola. “He revealed that he was trying to escape after being flagged by Kumar and unintentionally hit him. He was handed over to the Delhi police. Kumar was taken for treatment,” the officer added.Following recent incidents of vehicular terror attacks, the CISF deployed at airport has been on a special watch for suspicious vehicles. Additional barriers have been put up on approach roads and every vehicle is frisked thoroughly before nearing the terminal buildings.

Delhi airport: Passenger boards SpiceJet Goa flight with kitchen knife in handbag

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A passenger is made to go through stringent security checks before boarding a flight. But in a serious breach of security at Delhi airport, a passenger managed to board Delhi-Goa SpiceJet flight while carrying a kitchen knife in his handbag. According to reports, SpiceJet has confirmed the incident saying the passenger himself reported the presence of knife to the cabin crew. The SpiceJet staff reportedly brought the matter to the attention of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) as the flight was still grounded at the Delhi Airport. The passenger was offloaded and immediately handed over to airport police.The flight was released after necessary checks as per regulatory guidelines.According to one media report, the passenger claimed that he wanted to expose the lack of security at India’s most sensitive airport which prompted him to carry the kitchen knife.

NSG, CISF may soon be empowered to shoot down ‘rogue’ UAVs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anti-terror force NSG and industrial security agency CISF may be empowered to shoot down “rogue” low-flying objects like drones and gliders under a new policy which is being finalised.The issue was discussed threadbare at a recent meeting of the Union home secretary with representatives of the Indian Air Force, civil aviation ministry, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other stakeholders.”The draft drone policy is in the final stage. It is focused on regulating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and similar low-flying objects. The policy should come out in public domain this month itself to solicit comments from stakeholders,” the official said.The National Security Guard (NSG) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) are likely to be given powers to shoot down any “erring” low-flying object if they find it as “rogue”, the official said.The two forces will acquire defence mechanism like electromagnetic system, which would have inbuilt radar, radio frequency jammer and detector.The policy will have preventive features to ensure that there is no misuse of any kind of low-flying objects by terrorist groups or other anti-national elements.The policy is being formulated after spotting of several UAVs in airports and border areas, hampering air traffic and raising security concern.”It has become necessary to regulate UAVs to prevent their misuse in sensitive areas like airports. The policy will have provisions on how to check rogue elements operating UAVs,” another official said.The policy will have dual aspects of enabling features: licensing the UAVs for their use along the international borders as well as in guarding vital installations inside the country, and disaster relief works.Currently, there is no policy on how to deal with a situation when a drone is sighted. There is nothing in the law to book a person if he or she involves in any mischief by operating a drone.”There are no standard operating procedures to deal with the UAVs. That is why the new policy is being brought in,” the security official said.When a law is finally being enacted, it will define punishment, fine and also who can get license to fly a drone.

Drone spotted at Delhi airport, flight operations halted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The flight operations at the Delhi airport have been temporarily halted after a pilot reported about spotting a drone at the runway. The airport authority is trying to find the source of this unidentified drone, which has been reportedly spotted in the premises of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. A team of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the Delhi Police and the aviation security has been rushed to the spot. Many flights have been diverted to other airports, in the wake of this crisis. Further details are awaited. Earlier on August 2, a suspected object was recovered at the cargo hold area of the airport. The Airport Security Officials said that an emergency call was received by the control room that a suspect item has been seen in the cargo area. The area was later declared safe.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 held for duping for duping people posing as govt employees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons have been arrested for posing as staffers of Udyog Bhawan and allegedly duping people on the pretext of getting them government jobs, the police said today. Rakesh Kashyap (37) and Salauddin (32) were arrested on August 4 from Udyog Bhawan here, they said. The duo has cheated about 16 persons till now. On July 28, Sunil Kumar Golti complained to police that he and his two cousins were cheated by a group of men. Golti told the police that the accused claimed to be working as lower division and upper division clerks respectively. They assured the victims of arranging government jobs on a payment of Rs four lakh per candidate, Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) B K Singh said. The trio first met one Rajbir, who introduced them to Shri Kant (Kashyap impersonated as him) and Ajay Kumar, impersonating as employees at Udyog Bhawan. The victims were called thrice to Udyog Bhawan on the pretext of filling up application forms, interviews, written exams. The trio even underwent a medical examination at the GTB Hospital here. They paid Rs 50,000 each at every step. The accused even showed the trio their results on a “fake SSC site,” the officer said. However, after the trio could not find their result on Staff Selection Commission’s original website, they sensed something was amiss and lodged a police complaint. The CISF staff posted at Udyog Bhawan was apprised of the case and the photographs of the accused were shared with them. On August 1, the CISF staff shared information with the local police about the presence of suspects. By the time, the police reached Udyog Bhawan, the suspects had already left. Kashyap and Salauddin were nabbed on August 4 at Udyog Bhawan while they were carrying out a “job interview” of a potential victim, said the officer. Their accomplices — Noor Hasan alias Rajbir and Shan Mohammad alias Sonu are yet to be nabbed. The mobile phones of the accused were seized through which the fake ‘SSC webite’ was shown to the complainants. The arrested accused also revealed that they have used similar modus operandi by conducting interviews for job aspirants at other government buildings including Shastri Bhawan, the DCP said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vehicle spare parts trigger bomb scare at airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Automobile spare parts coming out of a parcel in form of pipes and wires were mistaken for an explosive device at the Indira Gandhi International airport’s cargo terminal on Wednesday morning. Security agencies were alerted and the entire terminal was cordoned. The building could be thrown open for operations only after the bomb squad declared it safe, following hours long drill.According to senior Central Industrial Security Force officials, it was during the screening of the cargo, that something suspicious was spotted and the security agencies were roped in.”It was around 7.30 am, one of the security men deployed at the screening machine saw a wired device and thought it to be some kind of explosive device. Taking precautionary measures, he alerted the CISF men deployed there, which in turn informed all other agencies concerned and without any delay the area was cordoned and employees were evacuated,” a senior officer said.A team of officers from Delhi Police, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and Delhi Fire Services also arrived at the spot. “When the Bomb Disposal and Detection Squad scanned the suspicious baggage, it was opened and was found to be non-hazardous. Taking necessary precautionary measures other consignments were also scanned for any threat and the terminal was declared safe after about two hour long drill,” the officer added.

JNU student alleges beating by CISF personnel at Metro station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A JNU student has alleged he was beaten up at the Rajiv Chowk metro station here by a few personnel of the CISF and told he would be “sent to Pakistan”, a charge rejected by the paramilitary force. In a Facebook post, Aman Sinha, 22, who is pursuing a Master’s degree, said the incident happened yesterday evening and alleged the involvement of CISF personnel posted at the security check point of the station. Sinha, who was sporting a beard, claimed that the Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) personnel got enraged when he “defied” their instructions to take off his earphones, which is a laid down protocol that passengers are expected to follow. It was followed by a heated argument, he said. “Then another CISF person came and said you are spoiling the name of the nation, ‘Pakistan bhejenge tum mussalay ko aaj.'(You Muslim we will banish you to Pakistan today). They dragged me to the security office through the very long passage where there was no CCTV and no public. “They started abusing my mother and sister, thrashing and beating me very badly, saying that ‘public k samne humara nam kharab kar diya’. I tried to record it which they later made me delete it threw away my phone,” he alleged. When contacted, the CISF said the student was only asked to write an apology letter for his behaviour with the security personnel, and was neither “manhandled” nor “thrashed.” “He started yelling and arguing with constables Shoeb and PC Bisht who were on duty after he was asked to remove the ear phones, which is a normal security drill in the Delhi Metro. He was unwilling and used abusive language after which he was taken to the metro control room,” a senior CISF officer said. He added that Sinha was taken to the control room of the station where he tendered an apology in writing. As per CCTV records, the officer said, the entire episode lasted about 30 minutes and the student was then allowed to go.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Failed to trace missing girl; police, DMRC, CISF face HC ire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi police, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Central Industrial Security Force today faced the wrath of Delhi High Court which did not mince words to target them for their “failure” to locate a 17-year-old deaf, dumb and mentally challenged girl for almost three months. A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Nazmi Waziri took strong objection to the agencies passing the buck and said “If we go by the news reports, you all (the agencies) need to be booked. It is high time someone took you to task.” “You have been failing in your duty,” the court said while terming the administration’s attitude of passing the buck as “apathy.” The bench directed the agencies to work in “coherence” and give wide publicity about the girl in the media, form a special investigation team and search for the girl who went missing from a metro station here in April this year. Justice Mridul said the police did nothing and remarked, “I would like to see what they (the officers in DMRC, Delhi police and CISF who responsible for the security) do, if something happens to their own offsprings.” “The apathetic attitude must come to an end else we can’t call ourselves civilised. If this is your attitude, then we don’t need you. We will escort our daughters and sons everywhere. Leave us to ourselves. Don’t become an epidemic,” the court said. It also said the police was giving an impression that only affluent can have access to security. The court, thereafter, directed a Delhi Police officer of the rank of DCP, DMRC’s Chief Security Commissioner and an Assistant Commandant of the CISF to appear later in the day, asking them to come up with a roadmap, saying “citizens must be secured in the city.” “We are shocked to read that the police could do nothing as it was on VIP security,” Justice Mridul said, adding that “We are mistaken that the government is for the people.” Justice Waziri added that “the Citizen is the VIP.” “The time has come for you to deliver on your slogans. Tell us whether you can do it. This country is still governed on constitutional mandate,” the bench said. Later in the day, all the officials called by the court jointly submitted that they have zeroed down on a 15-point action plan including constituting a SIT and giving wide publicity about the girl in the media. They also submitted that they would search all hospitals, NGOs, trauma centres, red light areas, traffic junctions and other possible places where she might be. “The girl stayed at the metro station for over five minutes. The CCTV footage clearly shows that she was wandering. You had the information that a girl was missing. Tell us who is responsible for all this mishappening and what action has been taken against him,” the bench asked after going through the CCTV footage. It also took strong objection to the report that the victim’s mother, on approaching the police, was told to go home and told that her daughter would reach there by herself. “She was told so because she belonged to a ‘jhuggi’ and poor strata of the society. Try telling this to the officer of the higher strata,” the judge said. The court directed the three agencies to file their progress report by Monday. After going through the record, the bench also wondered how the girl could exit the metro station as she did not have a ticket. “What was the person, who was supposed to be at the exit, doing,” it asked. At this, the counsel for the DMRC said “there was nobody at that time.” “Is this how secure the metro is? A young girl goes missing and you are only running around,” the bench remarked. The bench was hearing a habeas corpus matter initiated by the court itself after it came across a news report that a speech-and-hearing impaired 17-year-old girl had gone missing on April 21 after getting separated from her family and exited at the wrong station. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is tasked with the security of metro stations, had told the bench that as per CCTV footage, the girl had exited the AFC gates by “tailgating” another passenger as the sensors on the AFC gates do not detect when two persons exit in such a manner. On April 21, the woman was travelling with her family and could not get down with them at the Jahangirpur Metro Station. As per the CCTV camera footage at the next metro station at Adarsh Nagar, the woman had got down and exited the station but has been missing since then. The woman’s mother was quoted in the report as saying that they were returning home from LNJP Hospital after a routine check-up of the woman when she had gone missing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Capital on high alert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minutes after the terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims on Monday evening, immediate measures were put in place by the Delhi Police. The stepping up of vigilance in the Capital was followed by thorough scanning at inter-state bus terminals, railway stations, and border areas. Security at major religious installations, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and Delhi Metro was also increased significantly.As many as seven pilgrims, six of them women, were killed and at least 19 people were injured after terrorists opened fire on a bus that was returning from the holy shrine, in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. The Amarnath is located in a narrow gorge at the end of a valley nearly 50 km from Pahalgam.Taking necessary precautions, the Delhi Police have ensured additional security for the movement of Kanwariyas, who are expected to begin their journey this week. It will go on till July 21. A senior police officer told DNA that keeping in mind the high intensity of threat and vulnerability, Quick Response Teams (QRTs) will be deployed, a strict watch will be kept on the Kanwariyas, and their routes will be monitored throughout.”Security at temples, shrines and other installations of religious importance has been stepped up. All necessary precautions to deal with any untoward situation have been taken and our anti-terror squad personnel have been deployed to maintain a hawk-eye vigil in markets and other crowded areas. Checking of vehicles at borders has also been strengthened and pickets have been raised,” a senior Delhi Police officer said.The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which handles security at the IGIA, has urged the passengers to reach the airport early as baggage checking and passenger frisking will take longer.”Passengers can randomly be asked to cooperate for detailed search of their baggage and personal frisking. They can be asked to remove shoes or belts. So, passengers are requested to arrive for their departure with extra time in hand and cooperate with our personnel,”a senior CISF officer said.CISF has also deployed armed personnel in plain clothes at the terminal buildings to keep a watch on any suspicious movement and respond without delay, whenever required. The Airlines have also been asked to carry out secondary ladder point checks thoroughly.The officer further said that temples, dargahs, and other religious places are also under surveillance.The officer added that anti sabotage checks and repeated sanitising of Delhi Metro stations by dog squads is also being done. QRTs have been deployed and areas in the vicinity of Metro stations are being watched.

After Amit Shah meet, Cong wants to hold wedding at Goa airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to embarrass the ruling BJP government in Goa, the secretary of Goa Congress has applied to hold his wedding reception at the Goa airport after the national president of the BJP held a public meeting within the airport parameters.Janardan Bhandari, Secretary of the PCC has filed an application for the same. “I was searching for a good place near Vasco to hold my wedding reception. After seeing Amit Shah’s public meeting at Goa airport, I decided to apply to have it at the same place. BJP might have had the meeting illegally but I have no intention to wed by violating the law,” said Bhandari, explaining his move. The Congress has also decided to file a formal complaint against top officers of the CISF who allowed a gathering of around 2,000 people to welcome Amit Shah and attend the meeting inside airport limits. The BJP has maintained that the meeting was spontaneous and taking permission from any authority did not arise.”People gathered there to welcome Shah. Because of the overwhelming attendance, we requested him to speak. Nobody was inconvenienced,” said Mauvin Godinho, BJP leader and minister.Congress has questioned Mauvin’s defence. “If the meeting was spontaneous, how come they were ready with a dais, sound system and chairs?” said Chodankar.

Man held for harassing woman commando

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lewd comments to a woman proved costly for a passenger, as he soon found out that she was a CISF woman commando.The incident took place at IGI Airport around 2:05 am on June 28, when a passenger, identified as Parshotam Lal, arrived at the GMR Help Desk Check-in Area to catch a flight to Kuwait. The commando, who was on duty in plain clothes, to keep an eye out for suspicious elements at Terminal 3, was near the help desk.”Lal Initially started chatting with her and then soon misbehaved by showing an obscene gesture to a CISF woman commando deployed on the night shift at check-in Area of Terminal-3,” said a senior CISF officer.”The complainant also said that when she questioned the man, he started staring at her. When she asked him to move away, the passenger shouted at her and refused to show his identity and other travel documents,” he added.The woman commando then raised an alarm and the matter was brought to the notice of other CISF personnel deployed there. The police was called in and the man was arrested.Police said preliminary investigations revealed that Lal was drunk.Based on the complaint, a case under Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC was registered against Lal, said a senior police officer.The CISF routinely deploys its commandos in plain clothes in the terminal to identify suspicious elements.

Security forces watch out for lone wolf attackers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Carrying any sharp-edged item more than 4 inches long, such as a knife, a clip, or any metallic tool, will bar you from entering any of the Yoga Day celebration venues this year. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), along with the Delhi Police, are handling the security of access areas and other sensitive spots.Senior officers told DNA that the stringent steps have become necessary in the wake of a recent rise in the number of lone wolf attacks across the world.Three people in a van had mowed down pedestrians, gone on a stabbing spree, killed eight, and injured nearly 50 in the United Kingdom (UK) in June this year. It required nothing more than a car and a knife to bring the entire nation to a traumatic standstill. The incident has also triggered safety concerns in India, as terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had recently issued a threat that similar attacks may be carried out in the country during the Yoga Day celebrations.Sources in the CISF confirmed that the intelligence agencies have received threat alerts that the LeT might target the Yoga Day Celebration venues on the occasion. Accordingly, the CISF, which has expertise in frisking and passenger scanning, may handle some of the access points at these venues.CISF PRO Manjeet Singh said two companies of the force, including 160 armed commandos, will be deployed in Delhi. Apart from this, 40 personnel will be deployed at Connaught Place to manage the crowd, VIPs, and other tasks. Singh also said that seven companies have been sent to Lucknow, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be participating.”Every vehicle in the vicinity and all participants will have to undergo stringent scanning and frisking. No one will be allowed to arrive with any objectionable or prohibited item and a strict watch will be kept to identify miscreants. We will assist the Delhi Police in maintaining high security standards,” Singh said.Officers said the main focus will be the periphery of the venue. The Delhi Police will also ensure heavy deployment and a multi-layer security ring around Connaught Place, where VIP participants are expected to arrive.”Dog squads and bomb disposal teams will sanitise the entire area a night before, and additional cameras will be installed in the vicinity to keep a hawk-eye vigil. Armed plainclothesmen will also be deployed in a good number to take control of any untoward situation, if required,” a senior Delhi Police officer said.PAST IMPERFECTJune 3, 2017: A van mounted the pavement of London Bridge and crashed into pedestrians, after which three men from the van went on a stabbing spree, leaving eight dead and 48 injured.
March 22, 2017: Briton Khalid Masood, 52, drove a car into pedestrians along the south side of Westminster Bridge, injuring over 50 people, four of them fatally.
January 29, 2017: A youth walked into a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of Quebec City in Canada and opened fire on worshippers with a 9mm handgun.
November, 2015: Three suicide bombers struck outside the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris, during a football match, followed by several mass shootings, and a suicide bombing, at cafes and restaurants.

Delhi Metro: Short-circuit at Lakshmi Nagar station in women’s coach

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after an eagle hit the Delhi Metro’s Blue Line, another incident of a short -circuit occured at the Lakshmi Nagar metro station in the women’s coach. The incident occurred at around 6.30 pm. ​While passengers panicked, as they saw smoke coming out of the coach, the train was stopped and commuters were shifted to another coach as a precautionary measure.CISF officials, who man the security of the Delhi Metro said smoke was seen in the compartment when the train halted at the station.

CISF tightens vigil as thefts by IGI airport staffers become common

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Last Thursday, a passenger travelling from New York reported that his bag was damaged and the valuables inside it were stolen at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). Suspecting the role of baggage handlers and ground staffers behind the theft, the police initiated a probe into the matter.This, however, was not the only incident of theft reported from the airport recently. In fact, the gangs of loaders and housekeeping staffers indulging in this crime have become so active that the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has tightened the vigil near the baggage holding area.Senior officers said these gangs operated in teams that included loaders, airline and ground staffers deployed near the security check areas, and the house-keeping staff. They carry tiny equipment, such as screw drivers, to prise open the bags. The moment a bag with some valuables is detected during screening, the information is passed on to one of the house-keeping staffers, who remain mobile across the floor. They inform the loaders, who carry the luggage to the cargo hold of aircraft after screening. The loaders are the ones to carry out the thefts.“In many cases, loaders have been found carrying small screwdrivers or pins to pluck off the zip of a bag. After the theft, the zip is attached again. Due to this, the passengers do not suspect anything when they receive the baggage,” a senior police officer said.Officers further said that those involved in the gang were also aware of the positioning of CCTVs cameras and, therefore, usually escaped easily. “At the baggage handling area, cameras are not positioned correctly, and are even missing at some places. Authorities have been notified but nothing has been done,” a senior CISF official said.MODUS OPERANDIWorkers at luggage scanner tip-off the house keeping staffers about valuables. The information is passed on to the ground handlers, who move freely across the floors. The ground handlers then mark the luggage to be identified by the loaders, who carry tiny needles and screw drivers to clip off the zip or break the lock. After removing the valuables, the zip is placed on the bag again to avoid suspicion. WHAT CAN YOU DOCarry valuables in hand baggage.
Always check the lock of your baggage after receiving it at the destination airport.
If anything suspicious comes to your notice, report the matter to the police immediately.

CISF nab two men smuggling $60,000 at international airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons were apprehended and found in possession of around $60,000 US at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Saturday night.Aftab Sheikh was travelling to Bangkok and was intercepted by CISF officials after they noticed him indulging in suspicious activities.”He (Aftab) had concealed a few Allen Keys in his power banks which he had then sown into the handle of his hand baggage. When he was questioned he was unable to answer some basic questions which raised our doubts,” said a CISF official.Later on, while checking the CCTV footage, officials found that Aftab was talking to another passenger who was later identified as Shehzad Sheikh. A personal search revealed that Aftab had few more Allen keys in the zip portion of his pants.The duo were supposed to travel on the same flight.After being interrogated separately and a personal search of their bagging led officials to identify around $5000 US were concealed inside the power banks from Shehzad’s bag alone. A full check of the duo’s bags, revealed around $60000 US concealed in power banks, mobile chargers, biscuit packets and false bottom cavities.The duo confessed that they had been carrying foreign currency and Aftab had concealed the dollars in the hand and main baggage. The concealed keys were to be used for opening the foreign currency consignment. They were later handed over to custom officials.CAUGHT ON CAMERAAftab Sheikh was travelling to Bangkok and was intercepted by CISF officials after they noticed him indulging in suspicious activities
Later on, while checking the CCTV footage, officials found that Aftab was talking to another passenger who was later identified as Shehzad Sheikh
A full check of the duo’s bags, revealed around $60000 US concealed in power banks, mobile chargers

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has apprehended two passengers with huge foreign currency. The CISF officials intercepted one of the passengers named Aftab Sheikh who was flying from Delhi to Bangkok . He had concealed a few Allen Keys in Power banks and sewn in the handle of his hand baggage. The passenger did not give a satisfactory reply. A few more Allen Keys concealed in zipping portion of Aftab?s pant were found. The CCTV footage revealed the interaction of Aftab with a fellow passenger named Shehzad Sheikh. The CISF surveillance and intelligence staff from the boarding gate area (travelling in same flight) intercepted the latter. The two passengers were interrogated separately. Approximately 5,000 USD were hidden inside the power banks of Shehzad?s bag. The two confessed carrying foreign currency. They admitted carrying keys for opening those concealments. Aftab and Shehzad were handed over to Customs officials in writing for further recovery from their baggage. The officials have recovered 60,000 USD from their bags (Power banks, Mobile Chargers, Biscuit packets and false bottom cavity) and further interrogation by the Customs is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MHA tells forces on UN duties: No excuse for sexual abuse

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’No excuse for sexual abuse’ is the stern warning of the Union home ministry to paramilitary personnel serving in UN peace keeping missions in perhaps its first such order on the serious issue to the central forces. The ministry’s direction, which even warned of dismissal and imprisonment for any sexual misconduct, came following an advisory of the United Nations in the wake of reports that some UN peacekeepers allegedly ran a child sex ring in Haiti over a 10-year period and none were ever jailed. According to officials, no incident has been reported anywhere about involvement of Indian paramilitary personnel in any sexual abuse case during UN peacekeeping duties. However, as a “precautionary measure”, the ministry decided to direct the chiefs of CRPF, BSF, CISF and ITBP to ensure that each of the personnel working under the UN flag abroad carry a ‘No Excuse’ pocket card, issued by the global body against sexual exploitation and abuse for the personnel deployed in UN missions. “At all times we must treat the local population with respect and dignity. Sexual exploitation and abuse is unacceptable behaviour and prohibited conduct for all UN and affiliated personnel,” the pocket card says. Sexual exploitation and abuse threatens the lives of people that UN is to serve and protect, and sexual exploitation and abuse undermines discipline and damages the reputation of the UN, it says. There are around 6,000 paramilitary personnel belonging to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) deployed in different UN peace keeping duties in Liberia, Haiti and Congo. They are deployed on rotational basis for a period of one year. “So far, no incident has been reported anywhere about involvement of Indian paramilitary personnel in sexual abuse case. But the pocket card was issued following an advisory of the United Nations as a precautionary measure,” a home ministry official said, A UN report released in March this year has said action against one such allegation against an army soldier related to 2013 is pending with India. A 2015 report of the global body had reportedly said that the Indian contingent — among the largest in UN Missions — has the least number of sexual misconduct cases. The Indian Army had punished two of its soldiers for sexual misconduct during UN missions in two African countries in 2010-2013. The ‘No Excuse’ card is expected to be carried at all times by all deployed UN civilian, police and military personnel. Commanding officers in the field missions will periodically verify that all personnel have these cards in their possession. “It is strictly prohibited to have sex with anyone in exchange for money, employment, preferential treatment, goods or services, whether or not prostitution is legal in the host country. “It is strictly prohibited to have any sexual activity with anyone under the age of 18 years regardless of the age of majority or age of consent locally. It is strictly prohibited to engage in any other form of sexually humiliating, degrading or exploitative behaviour,” the pocket card says. ‘Silence is no excuse’ is another key message to the security personnel. “If you have knowledge of sexual exploitation and abuse, you must report it to the commander or manager of your unit or the mission conduct and discipline team,” it says. The paramilitary personnel have been told that involvement of any act of sexual exploitation and abuse will be investigated and prosecuted if warranted. “Any proven act of sexual exploitation and abuse by others will result in measures that can include but are not limited to suspension, immediate repatriation, dismissal, imprisonment and a ban from future UN employment,” according to the government order. The paramilitary personnel have also been told that all victims of sexual exploitation and abuse are entitled to safe and confidential assistance. If the victim is a child, special considerations for the protection and support to the child are needed. The victim has to be treated with respect and dignity, and directed or assisted for support to the nearest UN office, the conduct and discipline team or Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) focal point.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NCR on high alert as LeT men said to be in area

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 20-21 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) members have entered the country under the directions of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), as per an intelligence alert, and consequently, security in the national Capital and neighbouring states has been stepped up multifold.The alert, received just after the Manchester attacks, has prompted the security agencies across India to maintain the highest level of alertness. Accessed by DNA, the alert read, “Under directions of ISI, a group of 20-21 terrorists of LeT has entered India recently and is placed in Mumbai, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Delhi. There plan is to carry out a 26/11-type incident in India.” The alert was sent to other vulnerable cities as well.Senior police officers said additional force has been ensured at crowded market places, such as Connaught Place, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Karol Bagh, and other crowded areas, such as inter-state bus stations and shopping malls. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has also been directed to step up the vigil at stations, and watchtowers have been erected in crowded areas. Other security agencies concerned, including the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), that secures airports and the Delhi Metro, has also been alerted.“All those entering bus terminals and railway stations with luggage are being scanned thoroughly and a strict vigil is being maintained. Armed men have been deployed on watchtowers and announcements are being made to keep the visitors alert. Delhi Police dog squad and anti-terror squad commandoes have been deployed, as required,” a senior police officer said.Security at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been stepped up as well, and armed men have been deployed inside terminal buildings. “Flight marshals have been directed to keep an eye on the air side threat.Additional pickets have been raised on the approach road to both terminals and frequency of the anti-sabotage checks has been increased. Regular patrolling on both the city side and the air side is being ensured by the Quick Response Teams (QRTs). Additional deployment in Delhi Metro has also been ensured,” a senior CISF officer said.Officers have requested the civilians to stay alert and inform the police about any suspicious happening. Measures takenAfter the intelligence alert was received, Delhi police has deployed additional forces at markets, stations, airports. Airport and metro stations have increased security check-ins to ensure safety of the commuters.

Alert commuters prevent suicide bid on Metro line

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prompt action by commuters and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel saved a life at the Dwarka Metro station on Sunday morning. Otherwise, with two women jumping in front of the trains in the last one week, the Dwarka incident might have added to the grim record of suicides at the Metro stations.Around 11.40am, a commuter informed the then shift in-charge Sub-Inspector Archana Verma and Constable Rajnikant Kumar that a girl, later reported to be a minor, was hanging by the railing on platform number 2. The two personnel rushed to the spot, where some commuters were already pulling the girl who was hanging in the air.”She was trying to jump. Two commuters, who saw the girl scaling the railing, swung into action. While one of them held her tightly, another rushed to call for help,” a CISF officer said.Senior officers said the girl was saved in just the nick of time, and a delay of a few more seconds by the commuters could have cost her life. “The commuters acted very swiftly. While one of them kept holding on to her and distracted her till the help arrived, the other one rushed to CISF personnel deployed at the station and raised an alarm,” a senior officer said.Applauding the swift action by commuters and the CISF personnel, DG (CISF) OP Singh said it was unfortunate to see people committing suicide, and that all possible help should be extended to such victims.The rescued girl was later brought to the station’s control room and her family was informed about the incident. A counselling session was also arranged for her at the station. Her brother and father later arrived at the spot.On Friday, a 25-year-old woman jumped off the Delhi Metro foot-over bridge at the Sarita Vihar Metro station and succumbed to her injuries on the spot. In another incident on April 29, a man aged around 55 years, jumped from the Govindpuri Metro station and died on the spot.SIMILAR INCIDENTSOn Friday, a 25-year-old woman jumped off the foot-over bridge at the Sarita Vihar Metro station and succumbed to her injuries on the spot. In another incident on April 29, a 55-year-old man, jumped from the Govindpuri Metro station and died on the spot

CISF at sensitive locales to undergo training every 15 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With sensitive installations like airports and nuclear plants increasingly under terror radar, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is honing up the skills of its personnel.The CISF personnel deployed in sensitive places/installations would now undergo a tactical and thorough training and rigorous shooting practices at an interval of every 15 days, Director General CISF, OP Singh told DNA. As of now this is a bi-yearly or yearly feature.The measure has been taken after a series of attacks on airports abroad, following which alerts were issued at Indian airports, specially in metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata.”We receive many threat inputs, usually near the Independence Day, Republic Day or during religious festivals. Every such input is taken seriously and a dedicated committee is assigned to look into it. The committee declares the threat as ‘specific’ (with particular details) or ‘non-specific’ (vague). If found specific, immediate measures are taken to foil the attack. We have different teams with excellence in specific operations, and keeping the airports’ security in mind,” Singh said.He said the new initiative is to polish the skills of the commandos in Quick Response Teams further, and to keep them ready for any surprise threat. “The training will be carried out at National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) at Hyderabad soon. The new sessions would include moving target practice and close combat, focusing on a hijack situation. The training given here would be different. It would focus on physical reflexes and tactical skills. This would further sharpen skills of our men,” the DG said.The CISF, at present, is in charge of the security at 59 airports in the country. While 18 of them are sensitive, 18 are hyper-sensitive, which includes the ones in New Delhi and other metro cities.Singh said that the security of airports will now be under a single unified command of CISF, as earlier, MoCA had suggested for raising a special Aviation Security Force.Talking about the menace of illegal entries inside the terminals, the DG said various studies are being carried out by the Bureau of Civil Aviation and the CISF too. “We are in the process of digitising things. Finger-prints on ticket, bar-coding of tickets and many plans are under consideration,” he said.AIRPORTS UNDER ATTACKMarch 2017 – Suicide bomber blews himself up at Dhaka international airport
June 2016 – Three terrorists open fire, carry out bomb attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing 41 people and injured more than 230
March 2016 – Twin blasts struck main terminal at Brussels airport and a metro station in the city killing 32 people from around the world
June 2007 – A vehicle loaded with propane canisters driven into the glass doors of the Glasgow Airport terminal and set ablaze

We are keeping a hawk-eyed vigil: OP Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the current scenario when terror threats have become much routine and prominent, making it very unpredictable for the security agencies, important installations guarded by the Central Industrial Security Force like airports, metro stations, ports, nuclear plants and monuments have become vulnerable too. In a special interview to DNA, Director General, CISF, OP Singh talks about security and combating terrorism upfrontMinister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju recently said in Lok Sabha that center is undertaking a massive security audit of airports. What’s the status and what changes are expected to follow?Yes, the security audit is underway. It was started a few months back and is expected to get over in about three months from now. This would include entire scanning of the present security scenario and some major security plans may fall in leading to major changes, which, for security reasons, cannot be disclosed now. It is an effort which would strengthen us further as a security unit.The Brussels airport terror attack, last year, became a major concern for the Indian agencies as similar security plan – security hold area plan, is followed in India, except Srinagar airport. How do we see ourselves prepared?Counter Terrorism Contingency Plan – CTCP, is our security plan in Mumbai and Delhi. SHA plan allows access to anyone inside the terminal without thorough frisking. CTCP ensures friskings about half-a-kilometer before the terminal building, first at ‘naka’, manned by local police and CISF, then forecourt and parking lots are under surveillance and finally a stringent frisking follows at the terminal. Further we have QRTs, dogs and marshals and newly installed CCTV cameras which keep a hawk-eye-vigil.PIDS – Parameter Intrusion Detection System, has been a controversial installation. At the same time, cases of intrusion at Delhi airport seem to have no end, be it the air side or Palam technical area. Does it concern the force?Two months ago, MoCA constituted a committee, headed by a senior BCAS officer, to study PIDS and its flaws. The system generates several false alarms daily which is a menace. In most intrusions, the intruder was not found to be harmful and were either of unsound mind or unaware of the topography of the area. Our strength is that such cases do not go undetected. There has not been any negligence on our part.With the CISF considered as one of the most efficient security agencies, recently many requests have been received by the Ministry of Home for the force’s deployment at other important installations. How is the force coping up with the requirement?This is true. At present, our induction is pending at 13 units across country, while 21 surveys and 28 re-surveys are pending at airports where we have been asked to strengthen our security. Apart from this 23 augmentation proposals are under consideration. At present we have over 20,000 recruits under training who will soon be joining us. Our sanctioned strength has also been increased from 1,45,000 to 1,80,000, recently by the MHA.You, as a DG, have been known for being available for the force round the clock. Be it a leave application or medical, or a personal grievance, from constables to commandants, personnel have been reaching you over phone, texts. How does such an accessibility reflect? Has it been helpful?As DG, I have to be available for my men, regardless of their ranks. Being available means no time bar, or no selective technology. I have been approving leave applications on phone in time of emergency. There is a protocol that has to be followed. We have launched an app for grievance redressal where grievance directly reach me. Mondays I hold a meeting with those who want to meet me in person. I believe, as the head of the force, my men shall trust and confide in me.

Jet Airways passenger’s tweet to PM triggers hijack scare

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Giving vent to your anger on Twitter is nothing new, but tagging the prime minister may not be such a good idea. A Jet Airways passenger learnt it the hard way after his tweet triggered a hijack scare here. “@narendramodi sir we have been in jet airways flight for past 3 hrs, looks like hijacked, pl help 9W355,” tweeted an annoyed Nitin Verma to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his Delhi-bound plane from Mumbai was diverted to Jaipur due to bad weather yesterday morning. Security agencies swung into action after they were promptly alerted about the tweet and Verma was offloaded here from the plane carrying 176 people on board, including eight crew members. Soon after the aircraft landed, security agencies carried out a thorough check of the aircraft. The aircraft took off for Delhi without the passenger who had sent the officials and the security agencies into a tizzy with his tweet. Verma was arrested after questioning late last night. “He has been booked under under IPC section 505 (statements conducing public mischief), said SHO Sanganer Shivratan Godara. In a statement, a Jet Airways spokesperson said a passenger tweeted a message involving a security threat necessitating activation of the security protocol. “The information was promptly shared with the authorities concerned including the CISF, and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and local law enforcement agencies in line with standard operating procedures,” he said. According to the spokesperson, the passenger was subsequently offloaded for questioning by security agencies at Jaipur, owing to diversion of the flight. Acting director of Jaipur airport M P Bansal told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jet Airways passenger’s tweet send agencies into a tizzy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jet Airways passenger today tweeted that he suspected a Delhi-Mumbai flight had been hijacked, sending security agencies into tizzy at the airport here. The Delhi-bound flight 9W355–carrying 176 people onboard, including 8 crew members–was diverted to Jaipur due to bad weather at Delhi. Soon after the aircraft landed here, security agencies carried out a thorough check and the passenger who tweeted the message was offloaded. The passenger, who was travelling from Mumbai, tweeted in the morning saying, “@narendramodi sir we have been in jet airways flight for past 3 hrs, looks like hijacked, pl help 9W355”. In a statement, a Jet Airways spokesperson said a passenger tweeted a message involving a security threat necessitating activation of the security protocol. “The information was promptly shared with the concerned authorities including the CISF, and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and local law enforcement agencies in line with Standard Operating Procedures,” he said. According to the spokesperson, the concerned guest was subsequently offloaded for questioning by security agencies at Jaipur, owing to diversion of the flight. After the plane landed, the aircraft was checked before it took off to Delhi. It could not be immediately ascertained what further action was taken with respect to the passenger. Acting JIA director M P Bansal told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP flays Taj scarf incident, Cong lambasts saffron brigade

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has flayed the Taj Mahal incident wherein the foreign models were asked to remove saffron scarves bearing Jai Shri Ram but the Congress on the other lambasted the ruling saffron brigade and alleged that it was giving communal colour to anything and everything. BJP leader Shazia Ilmi condemned the incident and said every Indian, including the foreign tourists, is free to wear the dress of their choice in India. ?If some models wanted to wear saffron scarves with Jai Shri Ram written on it then I don?t think anybody should have any problem. This type of behavior at Taj Mahal, which is monument of love, is deplorable,? said Shazia. Congress leader P.C. Chako, however, said the truth in the matter is yet to come out and pondered whether there was any dress code in place or not, or why exactly the models were asked to remove scarves bearing Jai Shri Ram. He blamed the saffron brigade, led by the BJP, and said that those who raked up this issue and demonstrated against it want to make an issue out of no issue at all. He added: ?The BJP needs communal division in this country. They can only survive in India if the society is divided on the communal lines.? He also cautioned the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in the wake of the incident while urging them to take extra precautions so that such provocative incidents do not occur ever again. Models from different countries, who are in India to participate in the Supermodel International Contest being held in Delhi from April 12-22, visited the Taj Mahal. Some of them were wearing saffron scarves bearing Jai Shri Ram to protect themselves from heat. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel reportedly asked them to remove saffron scarves. The Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) opposed the move and protested against the ASI office at Mall Road in Agra. The CISF said they acted as per the directions given by the ASI. The ASI said under Section 8 (d) of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Rules, 1959, the tourists are generally stopped from carrying such objects.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hyderabad woman triggers hijack alert at three airports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security at international airports in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai was put on maximum alert after the state police forces and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the airports, were informed about a possible aircraft hijack attempt.The security protocols at these airports have been increased to the level in place on the Republic Day and Independence Day.An airport security review meeting was also called at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport where officers from the Bureau of Civil Aviation, Delhi Police, CISF and intelligence agencies participated.“The security has been upgraded in a grading manner. This means that with regard to the intensity of threats, security of different parts of the airport has been increased. Frisking has been stepped up too at the security hold area as well as at the secondary ladder point, before boarding. Armed men have been deployed to maintain a hawk-eye vigil inside the terminals and on the airside,” said a senior CISF officer.The alert was sounded after a Hyderabad-based woman sent an email to Mumbai Police saying that she had overheard six people in her city discussing their plan of hijacking planes simultaneously in Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad on Sunday. According to the sources in the security establishment in Mumbai, the woman claimed that 23 people were involved in the hijack plan and that they would work in groups and would board the flights from the three airports at a time.Following the alert, the Mumbai Police passed on the information to the CISF after which a high-level meeting was conducted on Saturday night and counter-terrorism measures were discussed at length.An officer from Sahar police station said, “We were informed about the threat and were told that an alert has been issued. We are taking all necessary measures. Security has been beefed up as per the standard procedure.”“We were told about the number of possible hijackers, their modus-operandi,” said a CISF official, requesting anonymity.He said anti-sabotage checks are being conducted at the airports and a close watch will be kept on suspicious elements. “Further course of action will be decided after Mumbai police verify the facts of the inputs and give us a compliance report.”“We are not taking any chances and have sounded an alert in the matter. We are also checking if the information was a hoax or not,” said another police officer.Just a fortnight ago Mumbai police had issued an advisory and had prohibited use of drone and other flying objects in the city after they suspected an aerial attack by anti-social elements.VENEZUELAN DETAINEDDehradun: A 27-year-old Venezuelan woman has been detained with a satellite phone at Jolly Grant airport here. Police officials said that the Army and Intelligence Bureau are investigating the case.

Cyclonic winds inflict damage at Bhubaneswar airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A glass panel of the departure gate and a bullet proof screen at the Biju Patnaik International airport here were damaged today after strong cyclonic winds hit the Odisha capital. Officials said the incident occurred around 9:00 PM when strong winds shattered the glass panel of the main departure gate of the airport and a bullet proof glass placed atop a security post (morcha) of the CISF fell and cracked. A trolley gate and a door-frame metal detector at the airport also suffered damage after they were brought to the ground by strong winds, they said. No person was injured in these incidents, they added. The city experienced rains in the evening in the wake of cyclonic storm ‘Maarutha’ that was expected to hit the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hijack threat: Max alert at Mumbai, H’bad, Chennai airports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security at international airports in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai was today put on maximum alert after the state police forces and the CISF were informed about a possible aircraft hijack attempt. The security protocols at these civilian air facilities was increased to the level that is done on the Republic Day and the Independence Day and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the airports, and the police were taking special measures. Mumbai Police last night received an e-mail, purportedly sent by a Hyderabad-based woman. She claimed she overheard six men telling each other that “all 23 people have to split from here and board flights in three cities and hijack planes”. CISF Director General O P Singh told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Security tightened at Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad Airports following hijack threat call

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Security has been stepped up at Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai Airports following a hijack threat call. ?An e-mail was sent to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, about a hijack plan from Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai. Following this, the security was beefed up,? Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Director General? said. The e-mail mentioned about a lady overhearing six boys discussing simultaneous hijack plan from Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai. ?The e-mail could well be a hoax but we didn’t take any chances….Embarkation security increased, anti-contingency plan put in place, meeting of all stakeholders held,? he said. Further details are awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Over 52 thefts reported daily in Delhi Metro this year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 52 thefts have been reported every day in the Delhi Metro this year. This information was shared by Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in response to a question in the Rajya Sabha. Till March 15 this year, 3,854 theft cases have been reported in the Delhi Metro. Last year from January to December, the number stood at 9,705 which was almost three times the number of cases reported in 2015 where the number was 3,104, the minister said citing the Delhi Police data. In 2014, 2,211 cases were reported in the Delhi Metro, he said. The minister said that according to the Delhi Police the reason for the increase in theft cases is the “conscious policy of truthful registration of cases, increase in number of daily commuters and the easy mode of filing FIRs online”. The Delhi Metro is covered under the jurisdiction of 14 police stations of metro and the police keeps a regular liaison with the CISF authorities and also conducts joint drives with them, said the minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man held for trying to sneak in knife in Delhi Metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 21-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly trying to sneak in a knife, concealed in a book, in the Delhi Metro. Officials said the incident was reported from the AIIMS station here when a CISF jawan on-duty noticed the man, identified as Vishal Negi, trying to hand over a book to a person from the partition that separates the general area of the station from the security hold area of the station. The CISF jawan intercepted the man and checked the book in which a small knife was allegedly found concealed. They said Negi told security personnel that he was trying to sneak in the knife in the book as it would not have been possible had he gone through the normal security check system. “Negi was handed over to local police which arrested him under the Arms Act. Weapons, arms and ammunition are not allowed to be carried inside the Metro system,” a senior official said. The Delhi Metro security is already on a high alert following the subway blasts in St Petersburg in Russia yesterday that killed 14 people.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Canadian national held with six bullets at Delhi airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Canadian national travelling to China was today held at the Delhi airport for allegedly carrying six live bullets in his hand baggage. Officials said the incident was reported late last night when a CISF official detected the bullets during x-ray scanning of the baggage. Six .32 calibre bullets were found from the hand baggage of the passenger, identified as M S Bassi, who was travelling to Shanghai, they said. “Bassi could not produce a valid license or required documents for carrying the ammunition and he was later handed over to police,” a senior officer said. In a similar incident reported yesterday, a man was arrested for allegedly carrying a country-made pistol and ten live rounds when he entered the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) to travel to Sharjah. The man, identified as S Faisal, could not produce valid documents for possessing the arms and ammunition and hence was handed over by the CISF to the police which arrested him. Carrying of firearms and ammunition inside aircraft is a criminal offence under the law.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre accords Z+ VVIP security cover to UP CM Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has accorded the top category ‘Z+’ VVIP armed security cover to newly-appointed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The cover will be provided by a special commando team of the CISF along with a small contingent of the Uttar Pradesh police. Adityanath was till now enjoying the smallest category of ‘Y’ category VVIP cover by the CISF in his capacity as a BJP Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur but officials said with his taking charge as CM, a threat perception report of central security agencies required his security paraphernalia to be upgraded. “The Chief Minister’s security has been bolstered and he will now be secured by a strong team of CISF commandos everytime he moves across the country. A similar commando contingent will be deployed at his official residence,” a senior officer said. As part of the new and upgraded security paraphernalia, Adityanath will have about 25-28 commandos accompanying him with sophisticated weapons at all times he is mobile and his convoy will have pilot and escort vehicles armed with jammers. Under the ‘Y’ cover, he was accompanied by about 2-3 commandos when he travelled, officials said. A Central Industrial Security Force squad from its Special Security Group (SSG) has recently taken charge of his security in Lucknow, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Don’t leave HQs without informing Home Secy: MHA tells CPOs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The officer responsible for any central police body in the absence of the Director General must not leave the headquarters without taking permission from the Union Home Secretary, the Centre has directed. The Home Ministry order came after it was found that in several cases when the head of a central police organisation goes on leave or tour after assigning the responsibility to the next senior-most officer, the in-charge too goes on leave, leaving a vacuum at the top. “Instances have come to the notice that in some cases so entrusted by the DG/Head of the organisation, also proceed on leave or leave the headquarters for some reasons, thus creating vacuum at the highest level of the organisation, which affects smooth functioning of the organisation. “It has been decided that such officers entrusted by the DG/Head of the organisations shall not leave the headquarters or proceed on leave in future without the permission of the Home Secretary,” the order said. When a DG or Head of the organisation is not present in the headquarters due to official tour, leave or training, the next senior-most officer is entrusted by the DG to look after their duties to ensure smooth functioning of the organisation. The directive has been issued to CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP, SSB, NSG, NIA, CBI and other central police organisations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Manipur Elections 2017: Congress accuses BJP of misusing CISF by ‘abducting’ independent MLA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader and spokesperson Randeep Surjewala levelled a sensational allegation on social media on Sunday. Surjewala alleged that BJP is misusing the CISF to abduct independent MLA Asabudin from Imphal airport. According to him, BJP leaders have taken Asabudin to Kolkata. Here are his set of tweets:Earlier on Sunday, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said the party will muster support to have the numbers required to form the government in Manipur. “The BJP has already got some support and hopes for cooperation of others as well to get the numbers required to form the government in Manipur,” he said here.He said the election results were a clear mandate against the Congress and the Ibobi Singh government. Madhav, the man behind the BJP’s turnaround in Manipur and Assam last year, said all political parties which have secured votes have an obligation toward the people. He hoped that all elected representatives will come together and support the BJP to help it form the government in the northeastern state.Manipur yesterday threw up a hung assembly with the ruling Congress bagging 28 of the 60 seats and the BJP winning 21. The Naga Peoples Front (NPF) and the National People’s Party (NPP) bagged four seats each. The Lokjanshakti Party, Trinamool Congress and an Independent candidate won one seat each. The Congress had won 42 seats in the 2012 assembly. The BJP, on the other hand, had no members in the outgoing House.With agency inputs

Mock drill at int’l airport to check emergency response plan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A mock drill was today conducted at the international airport here to check efficacy of the emergency response plan to cope with an aircraft emergency. The four-hour-long exercise `Operation Black Panther’ – was held at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) from 10 AM onwards, a release said. The full-scale aerodrome emergency exercise was conducted jointly with Hong-Kong based Cathay Pacific airline. A simulated aircraft disaster was enacted as a part of the drill, it said. The exercise helped in assessing and evaluating the preparedness of all response teams, including CSIA, which is involved in handling aircraft emergency situations, it said. Around 10 major hospitals, 16 ambulance services and government agencies such as Customs, CISF, police and State Disaster Management Cell participated in the drill.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GMR yet to pay Rs 618 cr to CISF for guarding IGI airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The GMR group, which operates Delhi’s IGI airport, has allegedly not paid Rs 618 crore to the CISF that guards the sprawling complex. The amount has been due since last one-and-a-half-year and the company has failed to make the pay to the Central Industrial Security Force despite repeated reminders, official sources said. The CISF has approached the Ministry of Home Affairs which has been trying to mediate between the force and the GMR group for an amicable settlement to the dispute, the sources said. The CISF deploys around 4,500 personnel to guard the airport and its terminals where they carry out security check of every passenger. A response from the GMR group is awaited but sources said that the airport operator is working out on a mutually acceptable settlement. The dues are mostly on account of higher deployment of security personnel, which have increased manifold over the years, and also implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations which apply to the CISF, the sources said. The CISF guards 59 airports in the country operated by Airport Authority of India and a few private companies. The paramilitary force gets around Rs 900 crore from the operators for providing security to the airports.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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Arunachal BJP chief ‘intercepted’ with Rs 10.5 lakh in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tapir Gao, the president of Arunachal Pradesh unit of BJP, was today “intercepted” by the Income Tax Department at the Guwahati airport where he was allegedly found carrying cash worth Rs 10.5 lakh from poll- bound Manipur, the CISF said. The Central Industrial Security Force, which handles security at the nation’s airports, said that the cash was beyond the permissible limit set by the Election Commission. Gao, however, maintained that it was his personal money and was not related to the elections. Gao was first stopped by CISF personnel at the airport in Imphal, Manipur’s capital, as he was about to get on a flight to Guwahati. He was, however, allowed to board his flight with the cash, under intimation to their counterparts and the IT Department at the destination airport. The CISF Commandant at the Guwahati airport, M Haokip, said that Gao was intercepted by the force personnel following a tip-off from Imphal. “We have intercepted Gao as he was carrying cash beyond permissible limits of the Election Commission. Therefore, we have informed the Air Intelligence Wing of the Income Tax Department which further took action on the cash,” he said. Income Tax Department sources said the cash was declared by Gao as funds under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY), the final black money disclosure window provided by the government post-demonetisation. When contacted, Gao said it was his personal money and the party has nothing to do with it. “I was intercepted at the airport and I don’t know about the declaration to the tax department. But it was my personal money and my party BJP has nothing to do with it,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prank gone wrong: Model arrested for bomb scare at Mumbai International Airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A model from Mumbai didn’t know that her thoughtless prank at Mumbai International Airport would land her into trouble.On Thursday night, when Kanchan Thakur was travelling with her friends to Delhi, she raised a bomb scare at Mumbai International Airport and then got into an argument with Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).The 27-year-old model was supposed to travel by Air India flight 101 to Delhi, however before entering the flight she asked the flight security guard to check her friend’s handbag carefully because it has a bomb inside.Her statement caused panic among fellow passengers and the CISF and airport officials were called, due to which the flight was delayed by an hour.The model and her friends were questioned by CISF, while the airlines was asked to offload their baggage and leave without them.It was during this investigation that Thakur revealed that her comment was meant as a joke.According to a Times of India report, an FIR was registered against her at Sahar police station by Air India officials, and all four of them have been asked not to leave the city.Though Thakur is out on bail now, she could be jailed for up to three years for endangering the life of others and causing fear or alarm among the public. She has been charged under Section 505(1)(b) of IPC.

Over 100 false alarms a day at IGI airport keep CISF on its toes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Every time the Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport raises an alarm, a Quick Response Team (QRT) of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) swings into action and armed commandos rush to the spot. Mostly, they return empty-handed and this drill is repeated at least 100 times a day.Sources say that the system raises more than 100 fake alarms a day which has prompted agencies to decrease its sensitivity. Such a move raises concerns among intelligence agencies that a real threat may go undetected.The multilayer security system with around 200 CCTV cameras to capture even the slightest movement near the boundary wall of one of the country’s most sensitive airports has radars, more than 35 watchtowers and a patrolling track along the 25-km perimeter wall of the airport.Since its introduction in 2012, in accordance with Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) guidelines, the installation of PIDS has remained a controversial subject. Installed by the airport operator DIAL (Delhi International Airport Ltd), the CISF which takes care of the airport’s security had to take over the system. However, senior officials say that the CISF cannot take over the system unless it is completely snag-free.The airport operator, however, claims that, initially, some technical issues were detected in the system, which were duly addressed by a team of technical experts.In September last year, the Deputy National Security Advisor had also visited the airport and expressed concerns about the PIDS.”Delhi airport is one of the most sensitive areas across the country. Every time an alarm goes off, our teams are rushed and a complete drill has to be followed. There is a set protocol. The number of fake alarms has gone up to 100-150 a day, which is a menace for the CISF. The sensitivity of the system has been lowered to get rid of fake alarms. The slightest movements are taken note of, we can’t compromise on public safety,” said a senior CISF officer.The CISF also checks the system manually multiple times a day and regular patrolling along the boundary wall is ensured.Officials from the airport, however, said that the problem is being rectified following a directive of the BCAS. “The system initially had some teething problems, which were duly addressed. The problem of excessive alarms was fixed and the system got stabilised,” an officer said. The airport operator also has a dedicated IT team to manage the system from their Security Operations Control Centre (SOCC) on a 24×7 basis.Airport sources also confirmed that in the aftermath of the Pathankot incident last year, a joint exercise was conducted by the CISF and the DIAL, during which the efficacy of the system was proven when the PIDS- generated alarms and integrated CCTV cameras alerted CISF personnel at SOCC.Meanwhile, DIAL said that while CISF is operating and monitoring the system, DIAL is maintaining the serviceability issues of PIDS to support the force. “The number of alarms does not mean the system is defective. In fact, the system is quite efficient that any reasonable disturbance raises an alarm. The average number of alarms are around 50 per day, which also includes testing and maintenance,” said DIAL.Recently, BCAS has indicated that it will issue revised specifications, which would be implemented on the receipt of BCAS circular/guidelines, the airport operator said. Besides, a joint Committee headed by CISF IG is looking into ways to ensure optimum usage of existing PIDS, DIAL added.The menaceThe system generates more than 100 fake alarms everyday, making it unreliable
Every time an alarm is generated, a complete security drill follows to ensure the safety of the perimeter
At times the system also fails to generate any alarm despite intrusion
The system is manually checked multiple times by the CISF Major threats in the pastSept 2016: A man scaled the perimeter wall of the airport and roamed around the runway area with a bag in hand, unnoticed for almost half-an-hour.March 2014: A 16-year-old boy scaled the boundary wall close to the Kapashera crossing and walked undetected almost up to an active runway.On both occasions, the alarm failed to go off, leading to action on the security personnel deployed in the vicinity

2 CISF men injured in stone-pelting at NTPC site in C’garh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension prevailed at the site of an under-construction plant of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district today as protesting workers clashed with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnels. CISF fired six rounds in air to disperse the protesters. Two of its personnels sustained injuries in stone-pelting. The incident took place this morning at the NTPC site at Lara village, said Pusaur police station house officer (SHO) Deepak Paswan. Police teams were sent immediately and the situation was brought under control, he added. NTPC’s senior manager (human resources) Bhaskar Gupta said the members of NTPC Theka Mazdoor Sangh (contractual workers’ union) who staged the protest outside the plant site tried to prevent other workers from going in. On February 9, a labourer called Hemram Yadav was killed in an accident at the site. After talks with INTUC Mazdoor Sangh, the company provided a compensation of Rs 13 lakh to the victim’s family, but the union of contractual workers complained why it was not involved in the talks, Gupta said. The contractual workers union today held demonstration in front of the site demanding higher compensation for the family and tried to stop other labourers from going in, he claimed. This led to a clash between the protesters and CISF personnels. Some protesters pelted stone while CISF opened fire in air to disperse them, Gupta said, adding that nobody from workers’ side was injured. Two CISF personnels sustained injuries while a vehicle also got damaged in the stone-pelting, he said. Injured personnels were admitted to local hospital and the situation at the plant site was under control, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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