CISF offers consultancy to five star hotels to foil 26/11-style attacks

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has decided to offer security consultancy to five-star hotels so that they can be prepared to deal with 26/11 type terror attacks. The central paramilitary force, which recently celebrated its 49th raising day, has already prepared a blueprint in this regard. It has studied the incidents of 26/11 Mumbai attacks at Taj Mahal and Trident hotels, and an attack using explosives-laden dump truck in front of the Marriott hotel in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad the same year.

It soon plans to write to five-star hotels across the country proposing to render the services of its special unit and experts and provide specific consultancy on security issues to them, said sources. As part of the consultancy, the CISF would tell the client where to install CCTV cameras, deploy security staff, how to implement access control, train the hotel security staff and install emergency response gadgets at their premises. The service would come with a fee in the range of Rs 4-5 lakh for each luxury hotel once the CISF experts surveyed the premises and consultation was done.

Earlier, CISF had refused to provide security to five-star hotels, but officials said that it is now ready to provide consultancy. CISF has recently provided security consultancy to 28 private schools after a seven-year-old boy was murdered inside a school in Gurgaon last year.