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Security blanket over Delhi after terror alert

Source: PTI
May 02, 2010 18:10 IST
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The National Capital remained under a security blanket in the wake of alerts of "imminent" terror strikes, with Delhi Police deploying a major chunk of its manpower on the streets and crowded commercial centres.

The security vigil that was stepped up yesterday after several countries, including the US and the UK, issued advisories warning its citizens of a terror threat, continued today with cinema halls and markets expected to brim with people on a Sunday.

The markets in Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk, Greater Kailash, Lajpat Nagar and Sarajini Nagar, that are heavily crowded usually and more so on Sundays, are being closely guarded, officials said.

So is Connaught Place, where a thick security cover was seen. More policemen were deployed on the streets as soon as the advisories were issued and the entire top brass of the Delhi Police was out on patrolling duty.

Besides, security presence has been enhanced in crowded places like shopping malls, cinema halls, markets and transport infrastructure.

Highly placed government sources told PTI that the advisories are being taken "seriously" and Delhi police has been asked to be on "full alert".

"The Delhi police is taking appropriate measures," its spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said. The police have also appealed to public to be vigilant and fully cooperate with them and inform the nearest police station or toll free number 1090 on noticing any suspicious object, person or vehicle.

They said the identity of the informant will be kept secret.

The US, UK and Australia issued fresh advisories yesterday warning of "imminent" terror attacks in New Delhi, particularly in market places like Connaught Place, Greater Kailash and Chandni Chowk which are "attractive targets" for terrorist groups.


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