To secure office, Special Cell goes for pop-up spikes

To secure office, Special Cell goes for pop-up spikes

The intelligence agencies have asked the Delhi Police to remain on alert.

Alerted by security agencies of a possible terror attack on the office of the Delhi Police’s Special Cell, police have decided to install two pop-up spike barriers at the entrance gate of their Lodhi Colony office.

“Following intelligence inputs, senior police officers of the Special Cell along with officers of intelligence agencies discussed the issue at length. After this, all security arrangements in the capital were reviewed. Security agencies have alerted the Delhi Police about the possibility of a terror attack at the Special Cell’s office in Lodhi Colony, two unspecified hotel lobbies in Lutyens’ zone and an unspecified area on the highway between Delhi and Agra,” a senior police officer said.

The intelligence agencies have asked the Delhi Police to remain on alert and, in their advisory, the agencies have asked senior police officers to take all preventive and precautionary measures in their area to foil any potential attack.


“In their advisory, they have stressed the importance of keeping Quick Response Teams (QRTs) ready to meet any eventuality,” the officer said.


Following the terror alert, the deputy commissioner of police (Special Cell) sent the proposal for installing the pop-up spike barriers to the Police Headquarters. Recently, the tender was floated.

“In their tender, police have said that the company should have executed at least one order of a similar nature with the Special Protection Group (SPG), National Security Guard (NSG), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Border Security Force (BSF),” a police officer said, adding that foreign companies too have been asked to bid but only through their distributors or agents in India as no foreign company will be entertained directly.

The height of the spike should be a minimum 125 mm and be made of a minimum 25 mm tampered round bar. The gap between each spike should not be more than 1205 mm, the tender states. The length of the spike barrier should be a minimum of 3 metres.

Currently, commandos of the Delhi Police are deployed outside the office of the Special Cell.

“Some months ago, CCTVs were installed at various strategic points covering every part of the office and connecting road,” a senior police officer said.

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