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New Zealand Commonwealth Games officials are happy but the Australians are not when it comes to security systems being in place for the 2010 Delhi Games.


Wellington, Sep 24 : New Zealand Commonwealth Games officials are happy but the Australians are not when it comes to security systems being in place for the 2010 Delhi Games.

New Zealand chef de mission Dave Currie, who made security his No 1 priority ahead of the October 3 start, said New Zealand's security appraisal hadn't been neglected, especially in the wake of last week's shooting in Delhi where two tourists were injured.

"It [security] is probably the thing that we have the most comfort in really at this moment of time. Certainly around the village and the systems we have seen there ... they are extraordinarily tight," Currie said from Delhi.

"We are in and out of the village a lot. The perimeter fence is strong and secure and there is a lot of police presence," Stuff.co.nz quoted him, as saying.

Currie, a veteran administrator at Commonwealth Games and Olympics, described the personal inspection process as "the tightest I have seen anywhere".

"There are layers upon layers, upon layers. You put your bags through scanners, you are then electronically patted down and then physically patted down. It's pretty impressive really and the same levels are working at the games venues," he said.

Currie's viewpoint is in direct contrast to that of a company providing security to Australians athletes during the event.

The company warned that the chances of a serious terrorist incident had increased because of a failure to "lock down" venues. The security expert warned that radical groups had abandoned mobile phone technology to avoid detection.

The head of one company employed to protect Australians said: "We've changed our assessment because we've received intelligence that terror organisations are operating without cellular phones, which means assessments of their levels of chatter are totally outdated."

The security expert criticised authorities for failing to cordon off venues. "Lockdown should have begun about two weeks ago, whereby search protocol is put into place for anybody entering certain important venues, but that just hasn't happened," he said.

ANI

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