New Delhi: The Union Government and Delhi Police have rubbished the claims made by Australia’s Channel 7 that there are major security lapses at the Commonwealth Games venues. The channel claimed its reporter got by security checks at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium with crude explosives undetected.
Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, Union Home Secretary GK Pillai and Delhi Police officials say there was been no security breach at the Games venues as claimed by the Australian channel.
“At that time the policemen who were to inspect everything were not there. The security arrangement was not in place. That particular incident was carried out like a scoop without proper context,” claimed Reddy.
“There is no security breach. The stadium will be locked in today,” said Pillai.
Delhi Police PRO Rajan Bhagat called the sting operation “totally bogus and incorrect”.
“This sting operation, which is being shown, is totally bogus and incorrect. There is no lockdown in Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium. When there will be a lockdown there, I can assure you, no one will be able to make an unauthorised entry. No one can enter during the Games or the lockdown period. This is a deliberately planted story. I can’t say anything else. This is a completely bogus and incorrect story. This is just being done to spread misinformation. Checking is done only after the lock downs,” said Bhagat.
Mike Duffy of Channel Seven News has claimed that he was easily able to gain entry to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium with a huge suitcase full of crude explosives.
“At New Delhi’s main Commonwealth Games stadium, there was a yellow Delhi Police security gate. Patrol cars drove in and I slipped through. While they were distracted by their own cars, I breezed in with an oversized suitcase. There were dozens of police, but nobody asks me what it’s for. And this was no ordinary piece of luggage,” said Duffy.
Duffy claimed that he procured the crude explosives out of a car boot at a car park north of Delhi. When Duffy asked the salesman if the explosives could flatten an entire building, he relied: “Absolutely.”