Large threat on polls from outside India: Delhi Police chief


New Delhi : After Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s warning to politicians about possible terror attacks during the polls, Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal Thursday said that there was “a large threat on the elections from those outside India”.

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“There is a large threat on the upcoming elections from those outside India. I cannot disclose more on this, but let me assure you that we are taking all security measures,” Dadwal told reporters here.

He said that security measures had been beefed up. “We have quick reaction teams, commandos and mobile patrolling round the clock.”

However, he did not disclose the number of police personnel or the security measures adopted for the elections.

The police commissioner said he and his colleagues Thursday met police officials of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir in the capital for better cooperation and coordination during the elections.

A senior police official on condition of anonymity told IANS that Delhi Police officials and their state counterparts would be conducting joint checking of vehicles and questioning “suspicious” people in the border areas.

Dadwal said Delhi Police shares “outstanding” relations with its Haryana and Uttar Pradesh counterparts on intelligence sharing.

“We have also convened a meeting with politicians and VIPs regarding the security and other election related issues,” he added.

The Lok Sabha polls will be held in five phases in the country beginning April 16.

Asked about the security for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Dadwal said: “We have clear plans in mind and know exactly what has to be done. We will be more focused on the Commonwealth Games as there will be no elections at the time. We are committed to provide world-class security.”

Chidambaram had last week cautioned 40 VVIPs, including leaders of political parties and chief ministers, to take all precautions while campaigning and specifically detailed a list of dos and don’ts while venturing out during electioneering.