The Delhi Police was put on high alert on Thursday. The alert came after a fresh terror input was received from the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding a probable Lashkar-e-Tayyeba attack at congested markets in the Capital.
This alert comes two weeks after the MHA had warned the Delhi Police of a similar attack. This is the second LeT threat in recent days.
The input specifically mentioned markets such as Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Janpath, Greater Kailash-I, Karol Bagh, Mehrauli and Sarojini Nagar as being high on LeT’s target list.
The police, after receiving the fresh input, have beefed up security arrangements at all major market complexes.
Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said, “Security is our prime concern. We have made elaborate arrangements to handle any kind of terrorist strikes. We are keeping a strict vigil at all times to tackle such incidents.”
On Wednesday, the US issued an advisory to its citizens in India asking them to avoid visiting congested areas of Delhi after increased indications of terrorists planning attacks.
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said the government is aware of the advisories issued by the USA and UK regarding the terrorist attack.
“We are aware of the matter. The Government of India is taking all precautions to ensure that such risks are taken care of,” she said.
Meanwhile, plain-clothes policemen and armed commandos have been deployed.
“We have deployed an additional 2,000 men across the city. Bomb squad and other emergency services have also been put on high alert,” said a senior police officer.
On April 21, the Australian High Commission had warned its citizens against crowded shopping areas and markets due to terrorist activity.
On Thursday, the Delhi Police announced a reward of Rs 3 lakh to anyone who helped catch one Shahrukh, a Karnataka man who is reported to have helped Indian Mujahideen terrorists by providing them explosives to make the bombs that were used in the serial blasts in Delhi two years ago.
The reward was announced by Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal.
The police has also increased the reward amount on Mohammed Sajid (22), Mirza Shadab Baig (25) and Mohammed Khalid (25), all accused in the Delhi serial blasts.