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Poll day: 500 quick reaction teams on stand-by

In the wake of intelligence inputs warning of terror attacks during the Lok Sabha polls,the Delhi Police will press into service nearly 500 dedicated mobile quick reaction teams (QRTs) in addition to the local police to ensure security on polling day.

In the wake of intelligence inputs warning of terror attacks during the Lok Sabha polls,the Delhi Police will press into service nearly 500 dedicated mobile quick reaction teams (QRTs) in addition to the local police to ensure security on polling day.

These mobile units,which have specific mandate to neutralise any terror attack in Delhi,will work in tandem with the local police to maintain law and order on May 7,the day of polling .

The units,comprising 2,000 police personnel and commandos,equipped with sophisticated assault rifles,communication systems and surveillance gadgets,will be placed on round-the-clock duty,a senior police officer said.

Jolted by the Mumbai attacks,the Delhi Police had constituted 650 QRT. Of these,550 are mobile units,while the remaining are static,guarding various key installations across the city,the officer said.

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The teams will be handed over the layout of prime establishments in the city to avoid confusion,he said,adding that it will help them deal in a better way in case of emergency.

Earlier this month,Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal had said that the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi face threats from terrorist organisations outside the country.

“There is a threat to the elections from terrorist organisations based outside the country … We are aware and live to the inputs,” Dadwal had said.

First published on: 13-04-2009 at 03:06:40 am
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