Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards airports across the country, will take charge of Indian Museum (IM) from September 15. In Kolkata, Victoria Memorial Hall is the only museum to be under the security cover of CISF.
“If everything goes according to plan, Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will formally hand over the baton of the museum’s security to the CISF,” said a senior museum official.
Currently, the CISF guards Taj Mahal, Red Fort, National Museum in Delhi and Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad, apart from Victoria Memorial in the city. Along with Indian Museum, which will be guarded by 57 armed personnel, some monuments across the country such as the Konark Sun Temple, Ellora caves, Bibi ka Maqbara and Daulatabad Fort are also being brought under the CISF security cover, a Union home ministry note revealed.
CISF security for both Indian Museum and Victoria Memorial Hall was mooted by Jayanta Sengupta, who was the director of Indian Museum and curator and secretary of Victoria. In January, 2018, Sengupta had managed to bring Victoria under the CISF security cover but the same for the Museum got inordinately delayed over the on-site accommodation for CISF personnel.
The CISF deployment will replace 49 personnel of a private agency and three ASI and nine constables of Kolkata Police, who are now in charge of the outer security ring of the museum. The inner security, which is more crucial as far as the security of priceless antics is concerned, is strangely being supervised by Hindi translator Ashok Tripathi.
“The CPWD is taking long to turn the ground floor of APC Hall into the barrack of 52 CISF personnel. Now, everything, except for electricity line, is ready. The moment the electricity connection is given, it will be ready for their accommodation. Their canteen and toilet blocks are already constructed,” said an official.
Source: Times of India