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10 bags that could have been bombs

delhi Updated: Apr 24, 2012 12:39 IST
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In the last decade, Delhi has seen 11 terror attacks that have left 90 people dead and more than 300 injured. The Capital is perpetually on a heightened state of alert, with 80,000 Delhi police personnel keeping a tight vigil.

But how safe you really are when visiting the airport, railway station, Metro stations, markets or glitzy malls in Delhi and NCR areas? Well, not very.

Throughout last week, a team of Hindustan Times did a spot check of crowded public places in the Capital, Gurgaon and Noida. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/4/24_04_pg1b.jpg

The team found it easy to drop and leave a bag unattended, without the security personnel, including those from the police, Central Industrial Security Force and private agencies, or members of public taking a note.

The team left bags - filled with metallic objects, waste paper and bottles - unattended at 10 locations, including outside two police posts.

No one noticed the abandoned bags in high-security areas such as the Indira Gandhi International Airport and New Delhi railway station.

It was after an hour that security personnel noticed the bags at Lajpat Nagar market in south Delhi and Metropolitan and Sahara malls in Gurgaon.

The bomb that killed more than 50 people in Sarojini Nagar in October 29, 2005 was kept in a bag and left near a busy eatery. No one - visitors or shop owners - had noticed the bag.

Police regularly remind citizens to be watchful of abandoned objects - bags, toys or transistors - at public places, but their personnel don't seem to follow the drill.

The Delhi Police refused comment when reached for reaction. Private guards at malls in Gurgaon and Noida showed a complete ignorance of the security procedure.

At Gurgoan's MGF Metropolitan Mall, a guard noticed the bag after an hour, picked it up and trashed it without even bothering to check the contents.

"To achieve complete security, we need peoples' participation. We have appealed to the public to support police if any such suspicious bag and thing is found," Yogesh Singh, the Noida senior superintendent of police (city), told HT.