IN A bid to ensure tight security during the upcoming FIFA under-17 Football World Cup, an ACP-rank officer has been deployed to keep a watch on four teams staying at a five-star hotel in the Lutyens’ Zone. Sources said that the officer has directed members of all four teams — United States, Ghana, Colombia and India — “not to go outside” without seeking permission from him. The World Cup is scheduled to start from October 6.
“An ACP-rank officer from the security unit of Delhi Police has been asked to be the commanding officer for these four teams. Further, two sub-inspectors have been deputed as their personal security officers (PSOs), and a security pilot team has been directed to track their movements,” sources said.
Sources said the policemen in charge of the security of the teams have been staying with them and even accompanying them during their practice sessions at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. “If the teams do not follow the security personnel’s directions, senior officers will be intimated,” police sources said, adding that a DCP-rank officer, Joy Tirkey, has been appointed as a venue commander. Tirkey has set up his base-camp in the same hotel.
A senior police officer said Delhi Police has already held meetings with intelligence agency officers who have come to the country with the football teams.