Elaborate security arrangement for Aero India 2019

Elaborate security arrangement for Aero India 2019

There was bumper-to-bumper traffic on Ballari Road owing to the full-dress rehearsal for Aero India 2019at Yelahanka Airbase on Monday. DH PHOTO/JANARDHAN B K

Elaborate security arrangements are in place for the upcoming Aero India Show 2019 scheduled to kick-start at the Yelahanka Air Force Station from Wednesday.

Around 4,000 police personnel including traffic policemen have been deployed from the city police commissionerate, besides security personnel from the Air Force, Military Police and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

City Police Commissioner, T Suneel Kumar, said the Aero India Show venue will have three layers of security. Security arrangements inside the airbase will be managed by Air Force police comprising commando teams and Quick Reaction Teams (QRT) in two layers, while the outside of the venue, security will be managed by the city police where around 2500 men will be deployed led by Additional Commissioner of Police (East) Seemanth Kumar Singh. The Additional Commissioner will also have the charge as the nodal officer for the security cover for the Aero India show.

CCTV cameras have been installed inside and outside of the 12 entrances to the venue. Compared to last year, the number of CCTV cameras installed is doubled this year, said Commissioner Kumar.

Elaborating on the security measures, Suneel Kumar added that makeshift tents and watch towers have been erected outside the airforce station for security personnel guarding the venue round-the-clock. As many as 15 monitoring centres have been put up around the venue for the Garuda patrolling teams.

Armed police personnel and sharpshooters have been deployed in high-rise buildings to monitor suspicious activities and intervene if necessary.

Apart from the two control rooms set up, one inside and another outside the venue of the Aero India show, a third control room has been set up at the defence airbase at the station that will coordinate with central security agencies and disaster management teams.

Four crisis management squads including fire services would be deployed at strategic locations. Some of them will be on standby and the others will be patrolling respective areas to attend any eventualities.

Heavy police security has been deployed around the venue covering residential localities and scores of villages nearby. Police personnel have been directed to intensify patrol and conduct regular checks on people and passers-by.

Anti-Sabotage Squad, Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads and Dog squads will carry out random checks at regular intervals for combing the area for suspicious objects.

Security has been provided to the hotels where VIPs, guests, foreign delegates and DRDO scientists will be checking in to stay for the event, Kumar added.