Friday, 22 January 2010

UK to send security agents with Commonwealth Games team

Britain will send a security contingent along with its sportspersons during the Commonwealth Games here later this year.

British High Commissioner to India, Sir Richard Stagg, said at a press conference here that the security contingent, however, would not be here to "advise" Indian Police or authorities on the security arrangements. The security team would only "liaison" with them (the authorities). He said that as of today, there was no security threat which would affect the visit.

Britain was "very positive and encouraged" by the efforts made by the Indian authorities, he said and added that a senior security expert from London who visited India about ten days ago, was assured at the effectiveness of India's preparations. Sir Richad said he expected Britain to send a substantial delegation to participate in the Games.

"We have got no plans to advise anybody. We don't believe in that. We are very positive and encouraged by the efforts made by the authorities. We will be sending some security people (alongwith the sportspersons). But this is not to take over the role of the (Indian) Police. They will be here to liaison with the authorities and police" the High Commisioner said.


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