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Despite input, city police caught napping

delhi Updated: May 26, 2011 00:46 IST
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Despite the Capital being at high risk of terrorist attacks, the city police appears to be leaving a lot — innocent lives and damage to property — to chance. It has come to light that though it had an input about a possible attack at sensitive places, necessary steps — heightened security, better checks — were not taken.

On May 14, the station master of New Delhi railway station received a letter that claimed that bomb blasts will take place in various states, including Delhi. The letter was forwarded to the Delhi Police.

“The letter, claiming to be from a group called Lashkar-e-Tohfa, was received and necessary action was taken. But high alert was issued only on Wednesday after the blast,” said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.

The letter (from the strangely named Lashkar-e-Tohfa), bearing the name Karim Ansari, had claimed that blasts will also take place in Jaipur and UP.

Meanwhile, the explosion on Tuesday prompted the Delhi Police to sound an alert in the city and strengthen security by deploying more police personnel on city streets and crowded places. The police also intensified security checks of vehicles.

“The blast occurred outside gate 7 of the Delhi High Court (HC), which is not a controlled area. Many vehicles were parked there but it was not a life-threatening blast,” said Dharmendra Kumar, special commissioner of police (law and order).

Meanwhile, BK Gupta, Delhi Police commissioner said, “We have put our best men on the job. It is too early to comment as investigations are on. We have intensified checking and appeal to public to inform us about any unclaimed object.”