Delhi Police officials announced on Wednesday their readiness to counter any attempts by various groups to stage protests in the vicinity of the G20 summit venues.
The G20 summit, scheduled for September 9 and 10, will convene leaders and delegates from 40 countries, including the 20 member states.
Senior officers from the Delhi Police’s intelligence division have identified a range of “potential threats.” These include organizations with a history of public protests, left-wing activists who may plan demonstrations near the event venue, Tibetans protesting against China, MBBS students who had to leave Ukraine, and even candidates for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services examinations and medical students who returned from Ukraine following the outbreak of conflict.
The concern regarding UPSC aspirants arises from a new requirement mandating a minimum score of 33% in the CSAT General Studies-II paper in the preliminary examinations. Meanwhile, MBBS students returning from Ukraine may intend to protest against the Russian delegation.
An internal report from the Delhi Police has also identified 22 international and national organizations, along with nearly 200 individuals, including left-leaning activists, as potential protesters at the event.
A senior police officer explained that given the scale of the summit, comprehensive intelligence has been collected on all potential threats, including smaller groups. This information will be considered when formulating security measures.
The Delhi Police has made the decision not to grant permission for any protests or demonstrations during the Summit. They plan to implement a multi-layered security setup at critical locations, including G20 venues, routes, hotels, airport terminals, and significant sites in New Delhi, such as Jantar Mantar, Vijay Chowk, India Gate, Raj Ghat, Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Prime Minister’s Office, and historical monuments.
To address concerns related to drone threats, the police will deploy resources on high-rise structures and buildings. Additionally, officers from bordering police stations will collaborate with counterparts in neighboring states to monitor border areas.
Security arrangements have also been established at the Chinese Embassy and the hotel where the Chinese delegation will stay. Authorities are closely monitoring Tibetans in Delhi and those residing in Dharamsala.
Lastly, the police are maintaining vigilance regarding pro-Khalistan activities and are closely monitoring radical Sikh organizations and their sympathizers.