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G20 Summit: Delhi Police To Monitor Social Media, Ramp Up Law And Order And Security Arrangements

Officials have announced that the Delhi Police will be monitoring social media to prevent the spread of rumors and inflammatory posts. They will also be identifying and checking for criminal elements, and focusing on security drills in malls, markets, and religious places throughout the city for the upcoming G20 summit.

Representative- Delhi Police
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Delhi Police will track social media to prevent any rumor-mongering or inflammatory posts, identify and check criminal elements, and focus on malls, markets and religious places in the city as part of security drills for the G20 summit, officials said on Thursday.
     
According to an official, all borders will be "sealed to prevent unwarranted entry" into the national capital though normal vehicular and public movements will be allowed, they said after a review meeting held by Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena with top Delhi Police officials, including the police commissioner.
     
They said that if some particular groups intend to stage protests or indulge in nuisance during the two-day mega event, it will come under "unwarranted entry" and police will stop them from entering the city.
     
The LG was informed during the meeting that 60 deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) were drafted to oversee and manage specific tasks related to the G20 summit next month, Raj Niwas officials said.
     
The DCPs will oversee security in and around the summit venue at Pragati Maidan, airport, designated hotels where dignitaries and delegates will stay, places where spouses of the state heads will visit, and traffic routes among others, they said.
     
The LG directed Delhi Police to strict compliance with security measures with a focus on the G20 summit. He directed to ensure law and order in general and the security of women and other vulnerable groups in particular, the officials said.
     
The other security measures to be implemented by Delhi Police as per the LG's direction included cordial behaviour with delegates and tourists and people in general, continuous vigil to prevent the unlawful gathering, "sealing of all borders to prevent unwarranted entry into the city", identifying and restraining activities of bad characters, among others.
     
The field police personnel will convey any lacunae on the ground with regard to sanitation, defacement, and road maintenance to the departments concerned. The police will also keep track of posts and trends on social media, especially with regard to rumor-mongering and inflammatory content, as directed by the LG, they said.
     
The police will also ensure maximum and visible presence across the city and implement a crime control strategy in view of the G20 summit scheduled on September 9-10, they said.
     
There will be a special focus on malls, markets, monuments, and places of worship with the deployment of quick response teams, commando units, and strike forces with special vehicles (Vikrant) around these places. Elaborate contingency plans in and around hospitals to facilitate emergency medical care will also be part of security arrangements, they said.
     
Parking at all places at all times by all agencies including Delhi Police will be complied keeping rules in mind, officials stated.
     
Saxena underlined in the meeting that the forthcoming summit was an opportunity for the force to showcase its efficiency and capability in handling visits by 40 heads of state to the national capital.
     
At the same time, the LG stressed that Delhi Police will have to ensure that routine law and order and policing are maintained at the highest level without causing any inconvenience to the residents of Delhi, officials added.

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