Friday, February 26, 2010

Officials Endorse Security Plan In Place For Commonwealth Games

Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
February 25,2010

NEW DELHI — Indian officials say they are cooperating with international agencies to ensure security at the Commonwealth
Games due to be held here from Oct. 3-14.
The comments come as U.S. FBI Director Robert Mueller and Indian government officials conduct talks — evidence of the robust and active counterterrorism cooperation between
the U.S. and India.
“Our cooperation extends from the highest reaches of both governments and connects across to provide information
and training to local law enforcement in both countries,” said Timothy Roemer, U.S. ambassador to India.
Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said India was also interacting with many other countries including Canada, the U.K. and New Zealand. “The innovations we are doing here are being noticed by Scotland Yard,” Pillai added.
Security in Delhi is not currently being outsourced, Pillai told Aerospace DAILY, although he did acknowledge India’s police force needs to be improved through training.
Asked about his biggest challenge, Pillai said: “The real challenge in security is the lone wolf, which is the biggest threat — the person operating on his own.”
The State Department sponsored exchanges in which U.S. rail authorities traveled to New Delhi and Mumbai to observe firsthand the enormous task of securing India’s vast railway system. A team of Indian government and law enforcement
officials subsequently traveled to New York City and Washington D.C. “These exchanges demonstrated our shared commitment to learning from each other to ensure the safety of our citizens,” Roemer said in a statement.
- Neelam Mathews (

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