Tight security on 3rd anniv of Delhi serial blasts

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 19:00

New Delhi: Delhi was put under tight
security on Tuesday as it observed the anniversary of the serial
blasts which claimed 26 lives here three years ago with
security establishment taking no chance against the backdrop
of the terror blast outside the Delhi High Court.

Over 20,000 armed personnel were deployed across the
city who conducted a hawk-eyed vigil by carrying out searches
in the wake of heightened threat perception.
The capital has been on high alert since September seven
when a bomb exploded outside the High Court killing 13 persons
and injuring over 70. The authorities had also received
e-mails threatening to blow up shopping malls today.

Checkings were carried out on vehicles, suspicious people
and premises across the capital, a senior police official
said.

The official said all precautionary measures were taken
in view of the threat perception ahead of the third
anniversary of September 13, 2008 blasts.

A series of five synchronised bomb blasts within a span
of few minutes at various locations in the capital on this day
had left 26 people dead.

Police have already strengthened security at shopping
malls by deploying more personnel and conducting extensive
searches.

The police official said the force is on high alert and
they had intensified patrolling and checking across the city,
including shopping malls, markets and other crowded places.
He said more people are being deployed and shopping mall
operators have been asked to step up their security system.
They are also being periodically briefed about the security
arrangements they should make, he said.

Police have also intensified checking at border points
of the national capital.

Traffic police and civil defence personnel have alsop
been roped in to check motorcyclists, DTC buses and keep a
vigil on crowded places.

The traffic police will carry out checking of motorcycles
and DTC buses while the civil defence personnel will be asked
to remain alert at crowded places like shopping malls and
markets. Their help would be taken for tenant verification.

Since Thursday, a day after the bomb blast outside the
Delhi High Court, traffic personnel have been asked to conduct
checking of motorcycles.

A traffic policeman posted near a bus stand will have to
keep an eye on commuters and sometimes he will have to check
the bus to ensure that no unattended baggage is lying behind,
the official said.

According to Delhi Police statistics, a total of 7,308
motorcycles were checked since September 8, the day of the
High Court blast.

"Till Dusshera, we have to be on high alert. We will be
conducting extra searches. People may get inconvenienced. But
we have to stay alert," the official said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 19:00

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