CBI headquarters on terrorist radar

The step has been taken following Intelligence Bureau (IB) inputs, which say that CBI headquarters is  a “high-risk” building from the point of view of terrorist attack. “We have this security arrangement as we have IB inputs of CBI building as a high risk building,” a senior CBI official told Deccan Herald when asked about the tight security arrangement at the agency headquarter in national capital.

To enter the compound of the new state-of-the-art CBI headquarters, inaugurated by Prime Minister Manomohan Singh in April this year, one has to go through three tier security checks before entering the sprawling complex, spread over 7,000 sq mt.

On entering the main building every visitor’s personal record including his address and phone number is entered in the database maintained by the agency and then a pass is given to him with his photo taken from the webcam at the reception. This can be a hassle for those, including the journalists, visiting the CBI headquarter. However, the agency does not want to take any chance.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is in-charge of security arrangements at the CBI’s 11-storey headquarter, built at the cost of Rs 186 crore by National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited. The complex houses all the branches of the premier investigating agency under one roof.

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