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Malegaon blasts: Police on toes across country

In Delhi, police presence was increased at all major mosques of the city, specially the Jama Masjid.

india Updated: Sep 09, 2006 04:02 IST

Hours after the blasts in Malegaon on Friday, security was tightened across the country.

In Mumbai, policemen have been asked to patrol the streets. Police commissioner AN Roy said security all over the city had been intensified. “We were already on alert. After the Malegaon incident, the existing arrangements have further been beefed up,” Roy said. Security, especially at religious institutions of the minority community, have been given special emphasis.

In Delhi, police presence was increased at all major mosques of the city, specially the Jama Masjid and the Fatehpuri mosque. “We are taking all possible precautions. Police presence at all major markets, places of worship and vital installations has been beefed up,” said additional commissioner Deependra Pathak.

A security cover is also in place around Red Fort and the Walled City area. All entry and exit points to the capital are under close watch. Security in and around the US, Israeli and British embassies has also been tightened.

Security personnel at railway stations, metro stations, bus terminals and the airport have been asked to be on guard.

In Gujarat, vigil was stepped up at communally sensitive places, major buildings and places of religious importance, official sources said. KC Kapoor, principal secretary (Home) said, "Vigil has been stepped up at places of religious importance like Ambaji, Dwarka Somnath," he said.

Other states, including Madhya Pradesh, Goa, West Bengal and Rajasthan have also stepped up security at places of worship, railway stations and markets.

First Published: Sep 09, 2006 04:02 IST