CISF To Take Over Parliament Security in Place of Delhi Police Parliament

New Delhi: In a major development following the Parliament security breach, the government has decided to handover the Parliament security to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), reported NDTV stating a government notification issued Wednesday.

The change will be enforced after a detailed security survey of Parliament, interior and exterior, as ordered by the Home Ministry.

The CISF will replace Delhi Police, which will continue to protect the exterior perimeter of the Parliament.

Now the CISF will be involved in all security-related responsibilities of the Parliament including frisking of visitors.

Security within the complex will continue to be in the hands of the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

The CISF provides integrated security cover to over 350 sensitive public sectors including airports and nuclear facilities.

On December 13 two men reached Lok Sabha’s visitor gallery via passes issued by a BJP MP’s office, and opened coloured smoke canisters inside the Lok Sabha chamber. They managed to dodge Delhi Police’s physical checks to take in smoke canisters hidden in cavities cut into custom-made shoes.

Two others – a man and a woman – opened red and yellow smoke cans outside the complex. Apart from these four, two others, including the alleged mastermind, are also arrested. Now government has tightened protocols for entry into the Parliament complex. Separate entrances were allotted for MPs and their staff members, while press (temporarily banned) were given a third gate.

Visitors, when allowed again, will have to enter through a fourth gate. The visitors’ gallery will have glass cover check people from jumping into the House chamber. Body scan machines will also be installed at Parliament gates.

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