The Delhi Police have strengthened security in churches across the capital ahead of Christmas celebrations in the city.
Delhi Police chief BS Bassi, during a meeting at the police headquarters on Tuesday, discussed security details for Christmas with his senior officers.
The local police have been asked to provide adequate security at 224 churches. Sources said all district DCPs and additional DCPs, especially those serving in New Delhi and South districts, have been asked to be present at the midnight mass on Wednesday.
At least two armed police personnel are standing guard outside each church. Even small neighbourhood churches have been provided security.
"There are big churches in the New Delhi and South district where a large gathering is expected. There will be massive security. The traffic police is helping us to monitor traffic. An officer of the rank of additional DCP will be present throughout the mass," said a senior officer.
The Delhi Police are on alert after a series of inputs about a possible terror attack. Last week, the foreigners' helpline received an alert about a possible attack at a cafe on Christmas, prompting the police to increase security at markets.
Special commissioner of police (law and order) Deepak Mishra said, "There will be adequate security at all churches."
Fr Savarimuthu Sankar, spokesperson of the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese, said they held a meeting with the police commissioner for security at churches. "The police provided us with armed policemen round-the-clock. This time there is more security because of the church fire. PCR vans are patrolling roads outside churches."