To test alertness, police will “plant” dummy explosives across Delhi

The Delhi Police will “plant” dummy improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in high footfall areas of the city to check the alertness of the local police, officials have said. An order regarding this was issued by the Special Cell Unit of the city police.

The officials said the staff of the Special Cell will randomly “plant” the dummy improvised explosive devices at high footfall areas in each of the 15 districts.

As soon as the district police detects the dummy IED, regular protocol of handling such a situation like cordoning off the area, using sandbags for buttressing, and calling the bomb disposal team must be followed, they said.

The officials said high footfall areas should be patrolled, and closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed there monitored regularly.

On January 14, an unattended bag containing an IED was found at Ghazipur flower market. The officials from Special Cell, National Security Guard’s(NSG) bomb detection and disposal team and fire tenders reached the spot and the device was diffused.