Delhi Police asks offices around Parliament to beef up security
New Delhi: Ahead of Parliament session and Independence Day celebrations, Delhi Police has asked offices and establishments in prominent buildings around Parliament House to put in place stringent security measures, citing "threat inputs" from intelligence agencies.
"In view of the threat inputs received from different agencies, there is a need for stringent security measures to be adopted so as to avoid any untoward incident during Parliament session. You are requested to get each and every person entering the building searched and frisked thoroughly," says a police advisory.
The advisory was issued to six buildings including Rail Bhawan, RBI, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj and All India Radio.
Police said each and every person entering the buildings should be "searched and frisked thoroughly".
When asked about the threat inputs, a senior police official refused to divulge the details. He merely said anti-social elements may try to do something spectacular, particularly when Parliament is in session.
The Monsoon session of Parliament begins tomorrow.
Police have also beefed up security in view of Independence Day celebrations.
"The advisory has been issued keeping in mind that anti-national elements are always in the lookout for doing something spectacular. Carrying out an attack at the Parliament or in its close vicinity when it is in session and the Independence Day celebrations are round the corner, provides them that opportunity," the official said.
It also cautioned people that government vehicles and uniforms can be used to carry out an attack.
"It is further reiterated that the anti-national elements may use government vehicles/uniforms to reach their targets. The aspect needs to be borne in mind and proper precautionary steps to be taken/devised to nullify the apprehension," the advisory said.
The officer recalled that the Parliament attack in December 13, 2001 came when five heavily-armed terrorists used a white Ambassador car with a beacon and a fake sticker of Union Ministry of Home Affairs to carry out the attack.
"Keeping this in mind, we have asked these buildings to keep a close tab on people in uniform and government vehicles also. Not only can these buildings be used to target Parliament but they too can be targeted as they fall in the high-security zone," the official said.
In the advisory, Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) SBS Tyagi has not only asked the security officer of these buildings to control and regulate entry of people into the building premises but also asked them to either close or properly guard any doors and windows which are towards the Parliament House.
Besides this, the advisory further says, "All areas in and outside the buildings around Parliament House should be checked regularly for suspicious objects. Junks and stranded vehicles should be removed."
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