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India-Africa summit: 2 choppers deployed for aerial survey

India-Africa summit: 2 choppers deployed for aerial survey
Two helicopters will be deployed round-the-clock as part of security arrangements during the four-day India-Africa Forum Summit starting tomorrow, which will be attended by the heads of 54 African states.

While one chopper will be dedicated to surveillance, the other will be for handling contingencies. The helicopters will be provided by Indian Air Force (IAF), said Joint Commissioner of Police (Security) TS Luthra. However, no heli-cams or unmanned aerial devices shall be used for surveillance during the period. A separate control room has been set up to monitor the venue, Indira Gandhi Stadium, and the VVIP routes, Luthra said.

Around 200 CCTV cameras have been installed at the venue and 300 more in Central Delhi areas such as ITO, Delhi Secretariat, Raj Ghat and all areas in the vicinity of Indira Gandhi Stadium, he said.

“Aerial survey, roof-top marking, positioning of snipers in high-rises, setting up of multiple pickets on certain stretches and sanitising the potential VVIP routes shall form part of the security arrangement,” the officer said.

Almost one-fourth of the force has been deployed to secure the four-day summit that kicks off on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event. 

Canine squad to guard meet
A special dog squad of the Indo-Tibetan Police Force (ITBP) has also been pressed into service to sanitise and conduct anti-sabotage checks at the venues for the summit.

The team, called ‘K9’, comprises labradors, German shepherds and Belgian ‘malinois’ dogs and will secure the VVIP areas where the representatives of 54 African nations, including heads of state and government of around 40 countries and the powerful African Union, would be present during the four-day summit.

Moroccan king arrives for event
King of Morocco Mohammed VI was the first head of a state to arrive in the national Capital to participate in the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit on Sunday. The summit will start on Monday. He was received by Union MoS for Agriculture Sanjeev Balyan. “The first head of state arrives. King of Morocco Mohammed VI in Delhi, received by Minister Sanjeev Balyan,” said Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the ministry of External Affairs in a tweet. 
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