Security blanket covers city after terror threat
Delhi Police had a busy Sunday after it deployed most of its force on city streets after reports of an imminent terror strike. The police is going all out to secure the city, with as many as 5,000 additional forces being deployed.delhi Updated: May 03, 2010 00:37 IST
Delhi Police had a busy Sunday after it deployed most of its force on city streets after reports of an imminent terror strike. The police is going all out to secure the city, with as many as 5,000 additional forces being deployed.
Security vigil was stepped up on Saturday after several countries, including the US and UK issued advisories warning its citizens of a terror threat.
Markets in Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk, Greater Kailash, Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar were closely guarded with extra personnel of the Delhi Police.
Massive forces were deployed in Connaught Place as soon as the advisories were issued and the entire top brass of the Delhi police was out on patrolling duty. Besides, security presence was enhanced in crowded places like shopping malls, cinema halls, markets and transport infrastructure.
Police said they are taking advisories seriously and are on full alert. “The Delhi Police is taking appropriate measures,” said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.
With the Commonwealth Games right around the corner the Delhi Police is not taking any chances. Recently Delhi Police Commissioner YS Dadwal had claimed that they are fully capable of handling any sort of situation.
“There would be no compromise on such matters and we assure an absolutely safe sporting event. There is no compromise on security issues. We want the Games to be held without any hitch,” he added.
The Delhi Government, too, on its part, clarified that there was no reason to panic.
“Nobody’s life will come to a standstill. And certainly, no panic should be there. Of course, the police, the Home Ministry and the Lt Governor are doing their best The Commonwealth Games would be an attractive target for the terrorists,” said Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit.
“The aim of terrorists is to destabilise the country and show that the government can’t organise the Commonwealth Games safely,” she added.
US, UK and Australia issued fresh advisories on Saturday, warning of an imminent terror attack in New Delhi, particularly in crowded market places in the city.