Ankara: In the wake of devastating Paris attack, National Security advisor Ajit Doval and intelligence agency chiefs reframed PM Modi’s security apparatus earlu on Saturday to shield him from any crisis. A special evacuation plan has also been chalked out.
The first major changes in Modi’s security plan for his foreign travel were made after the IS-executed twin bombings in Ankara which took place on October 10 and killed 102 people. However, Friday’s attack in Paris has led sleuths to enforce completely new contingency plans.
Special squads comprising unidentified foreign origin agents — speculated to be from Mossad and MI5 — have been roped in and dispatched to Turkey’s capital Ankara and Antalya where the G20 summit is to be held.
They will work with Indian agents and form additional cover for the PM who is secured by the sleuths from the Special Protection Group and secret agents. Local agents from Turkey and neighbouring Syria will remain in Antalya through the summit, it has been learnt.
The crisis possibilities in Turkey range from mass shootings to the venue being attacked either from the ground or air. Both situations will result in a lockdown.
The evacuation plan aims to get the PM out of any possible crisis including an aerial attack. An aircraft with a hefty remote security cover will be on standby in Turkey for Modi. It will be equipped with advanced radar and warning system, a separate defence and communication systems. This will be different from the second plane which is already on standby for PM in case there is a problem in the Air India Jumbo Jet used currently by Modi. The summit is expected to draw more than 12,000 visitors. Modi’s revised cover alone is going to be 1000-strong including the visible and hidden cordons. Indian agents from foreign units of RAW and IB have already sanitised the venues and hotel to be visited by Modi.
Sleuths from MI5 (British secret service) and CIA of the US were also consulted for suggestions keeping in mind the hostile circumstances in Turkey. All agents will be in touch through a special command center whihc will coordinate with summit’s control room in Antalya.
(With Inputs from TOI)