India’s internal security establishment went on high alert on Wednesday, after a morning blast outside the high court in the national capital killed 11 people and injured more than 50.
State and city police forces focused on securing court complexes and vital installations, while extra policemen were deployed in markets, railway and bus stations and other public places nationwide.
In Mumbai, another frequent target of terror attacks, the police increased checking at the city’s entry and exit points. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan held an emergency meet with security agencies. “Policemen on the roads were already on high alert because of the ongoing Ganesh festival,” city police commissioner Arup Patnaik said. Ganesh mandals in Pune have also been asked to be careful.
Uttar Pradesh bolstered security at the Allahabad HC and district courts. “Quick response teams and police personnel have been deployed, while district authorities have been asked to maintain round-the-clock vigil,” said Brij Lal, special director general of police, Lucknow. Checking of vehicles was also intensified at Sahibabad, Ghazipur and Loni posts, along the Delhi-UP border.
Punjab & Haryana
In Punjab and Haryana, and their joint capital Chandigarh, officials tightened security at crowded public places. New checkpoints were set up in Gurgaon, Faridabad and other National Capital Region towns.
The police stepped up security in courts and public buildings, including the Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat.
Chennai, too, was put on high alert. “Security has been beefed up at public places such as railway stations, airport and bus stops,” city police commissioner JK Tripathy said.
In Bihar, the Patna high court was adjourned for the day. Security was stepped up at the high court, district courts and important government installations. Police patrolling was intensified, particularly at crowded places in Patna, Muzaffarpur, Gaya and Bhagalpur, director general of police Abhayanand said.
Assam & West Bengal
The governments of Assam and West Bengal sounded statewide alerts. The West Bengal police started round-the-clock vigil at vital installations and public places. “We have asked the police to check vehicles at all the entry and exit points of the city,” said Kolkata police commissioner RK Pachnanda.
Andhra Pradesh was also on high alert, with security strengthened in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati. The police deployed additional forces at the Hyderabad high court complex, located in the volatile Old City.
Security has been beefed up at all major public places.