International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010 under strict security vigil

Panaji, Nov 21, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) An extensive force of 1000-odd police and two platoons of Central Para-military force will be maintaining a strong security presence in and around the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010 venues, slated to begin here on November 22.

IFFI organisors late Thursday night held a comprehensive review meeting of security arrangements at prominent IFFI locations including Macquiniz Palace, Inox Courtyard, Kala Academy and Shopping and Food Festival streets in Panaji and Margao.

Speaking to IBNS North Goa Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas said that 200 more police personnel will be on guard in plain clothes.

“Along with the armed policemen keeping a close vigil on the activities, two platoons of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will be deployed at vital entry and exit points,” he said.

The meeting was chaired by Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) Chief Executive Officer Manoj Shrivastava in the presence of SSP (Security) V V Chaudhary, SP Security Tony Fernandes, SP Gawas and other senior police officers.

With a guest list that includes veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, Ajay Devgn, Union Minister Mamata Baneerjee, American actor Cory Goldberg and other personalities, the state Government is taking no chance to ensure a safe festival.

“The review meeting was basically to ensure a safe and secured festival. While, security is our priority, we are also careful that guests, delegates, other visitors and most importantly locals do not face inconvenience,” Shrivastava told IBNS.

SP Fernandes has ruled out any security threat but, at the same time, he said that the entire event will be under CCTV surveillance. “We have set up a control room in Old Goa Medical College complex next to Inox where policemen will monitor more than 20 CCTV cameras installed in the venues,” he said.

Besides, six watch towers have been installed which will again be monitored by the police personnel. All delegates will be thoroughly screened at the metal detectors set up at various strategic points manned by Goa police.

“Ring round teams comprising of constables and Hawaldars will be at IFFI venues. Quick Response Teams manned by the CISF and Goa police will react in case of emergencies apart from regular patrolling in and around the IFFI venues,” the security oficer further said.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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