Nearly 100,000 police officers have been deployed in the streets of New Delhi as Indian officials step up their fight to make sure the remainder of the Commonwealth Games is incident free.


On top of the unprecedented amount of police, officials have also put fighter jets on standby and even brought in langur monkeys to help protect the largest international sporting event ever held in the city.

Several athletes, including Australian world champion Dani Samuels, have already pulled out because of security concerns.

But Indian officials said they are confident they could foil any plan to attack the Commonwealth Games, set to showcase about 7,000 athletes from 71 countries, or the capital.

“(We have) no concerns, no cause of panic,” New Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.

“We have elaborate security arrangements and we are ready to meet any kind of eventuality.”

While these games have been troubled by behind-schedule preparations and complaints about the cleanliness of the athletes’ village, fears about security have also been a factor, with India a constant target for terrorists.

Australia have issued a new travel warning to say “the Commonwealth Games will be held in a security environment where there is a high risk of terrorism.”

But to allay fears, India has hit New Delhi with a security plan which now includes 100,000 police, thousands of commandos, hundreds of explosives-sniffing dogs and more than a dozen bomb disposal squads.

Closed-circuit cameras have been installed at venues, and snipers will be positioned at key locations, according to security officials.

And just to prove they have thought of everything, the government will also send large, fierce langur monkeys to some of the venues to keep gangs of smaller, wilder monkeys away from athletes and spectators.