A general alert was sounded in the Capital as soon as Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged in the premises of Tihar jail. Senior Delhi police officials said the special cell and all district DCP were informed and asked to increase vigil at vital installations of their jurisdiction within an hour of it.
The message was flashed to SHOs and increased police presence could be seen at markets, malls and other sensitive places. “Apart from district police, who have been asked to increase vigil at markets, we have alerted the railway police too, asking them to increase checking at various railway stations. Dog squad and local police conducted routine drills at bus terminus too and barricading has been done across the city,” a senior police officer requesting anonymity said.
The special cell has been asked to tighten its intelligence network. Police said extra security personnel have been deployed at sensitive places including, metro stations, railway stations, airport and markets.
However, there is no specific alert; the Delhi Police is in constant touch with Intelligence Bureau for any input. Specialised units like Quick Reaction Teams, SWAT and Vajra have been deployed.
Delhi police is also in continuous touch with operators of guest-houses, cyber cafes, telephone booths and taxi services asking them to keep a watch on their customers and report about suspicious people. Owners of guest-houses and cyber cafes have been asked to install CCTVs and telephone booth operators were instructed to keep separate registers of those making local, STD and ISD calls. Owners of guest houses and hotels have also been asked to not allow their guests to use hotel address for getting a mobile connection.