Blast aftermath: Delhi Police to be strengthened

September 18th, 2008 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) The home ministry will strengthen the Delhi Police by creating more than 7,500 vacancies and 11 new police stations following the serial bomb blasts in the capital that left 24 dead and nearly 100 injured.“Another 7,612 vacancies will be created in the Delhi Police against its demand of 5,000 (additional posts). Eleven more police stations will also come up in the capital,” Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta said Thursday.

He spoke after Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi had briefed reporters on the deliberations of a special cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh late Wednesday to review the situation in the wake of serial bombings in Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and New Delhi in which scores of people were killed and hundreds more were injured.

“The Delhi Police will get 130 additional vehicles and, among these, some will be used as mobile police out posts. For greater vigilance at inter-state borders, 27 border posts will be created at various places,” he said.

The home secretary said it had also been decided to install CCTV systems at 58 major markets, in addition to the nine such systems that are already in place.

“This will be done with the active involvement of the market associations in surveillance,” Gupta said.

“The government will acquire the CCTV systems through the turnkey route rather than floating tenders,” he added.

The Delhi Police’s “eyes and ears” would also be promoted to involve the public in the policing mechanism.

According to the home secretary, regulations would be put in place to ensure that malls, multiplexes and other places that record large footfalls “provide minimum necessary benchmarked security systems that are interfaced with the security system of the police”.

And, since all of the terror bombings had occurred in urban centres, the centre would assist the states in procuring scanning and vigilance equipment “to develop proper metro policing”, Gupta pointed out.

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