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Life in Walled City unaffected

Gunshots and even a bomb failed to kill Walled City’s spirit; it was business as usual for people in the area. Unfazed by Sunday’s attack, even foreign tourists were out on the streets of the Capital.

delhi Updated: Sep 21, 2010 03:20 IST
Karan Choudhury

Gunshots and even a bomb failed to kill Walled City’s spirit; it was business as usual for people in the area.
Unfazed by Sunday’s attack, even foreign tourists were out on the streets of the Capital.

Despite the attack a day before, there was a decent influx of tourists in Paharganj. Ajay Aggarwal, president of Hotel Mahasangh, said: “The first few hours after the attack were a little chaotic. Tourists did leave, but as soon as they realised that the attack was not big, many of them came back.”

The Delhi Police, on their part, have deployed a massive number of men in the area. Commandoes have been stationed outside Chabad House in Paharganj. Hundreds of reserved police force personnel were also deployed all over the Walled City.

Senior police officers also visited the area and spoke to hotel owners about security issues.

As Israeli installations have been under the terror radar in the past, the police have increased the security in these areas. Arno, an Israeli national staying in the Capital and training to be a rabbi, said: “Last night, commandoes were placed outside our Chabad House. The police later told us that they are just taking precautions.”

But most of the tourists are not scared by the attack. “I have seen worse attacks during my stint in the army. I am going to stay here and with so much of police presence I anyway feel secure,” said Zivah, a tourist from Israel.

Shops in Jama Masjid were open on Monday as well. “The attack on Sunday did not affect us. Soon after the incident itself we decided to open our shops. Business has not been affected either. Police, too, are now extra careful of motorcycle-borne men,” said Toufeeq Ahmed, an eatery shop owner in the area.

Security was beefed up inside Pragati Maidan as well, with more troops of Indo-Tibetan Border Police deployed. Security at all the Metro stations was increased, too.