A month after an improvised explosive device (IED) ripped across the Delhi High Court — on Wednesday, September 7 — claiming 14 lives and injuring 75, the Delhi Police claim to have learnt their lesson.
Their ground-level intelligence gathering system, say senior police officers, has been overhauled, the installation of CCTV cameras is on track and the Crime Branch is working at keeping a hawk’s eye on cyberspace.
“After the incident, more than 100 mock drills have been conducted across almost all markets and commercial areas that see heavy footfalls. We have also been working at strengthening our ground-level intelligence gathering system, not to mention beat patrolling,” claimed a senior police officer.
Even as they push for the installation of CCTVs at transit points such as railway stations and interstate bus terminals, the Delhi Police, as part of their project to encourage the public to come forward and share information, have started offering cash rewards to porters.
The police are still conducting mock bomb drills at the New Delhi Railway Station by placing dummy 'suspicious objects' at undisclosed locations throughout the station's campus.
“We then make announcements about the same and the porter who is able to locate the dummy object is given a cash reward of R300. These checks are conducted almost twice every week,” the officer said.
However, the Delhi Police are yet to ensure the installation of CCTVs outside Jama Masjid, which witnessed an armed attack on a Taiwanese film crew on September 19, 2010.
Their target was to have 58 markets and 27 border check-posts under surveillance by March 31, 2010 — three months before the Commonwealth Games.
Yet, with just two-odd months remaining in 2011, according to Delhi Police commissioner BK Gupta, only 34 markets and 10 border areas are currently under surveillance.
This means that a little more than half the target has been met.