Hyderabad police heightens security checks in crowded places

Hyderabad: A massive checking of public and private places was being conducted today by security personnel in various parts of the city in the aftermath of terror attacks in Pune and Bangalore, officials said.

The massive searches, carried out for second time in a row in the last three days, were going on at railway stations, bus stops, main markets in Old City particularly in Begum Bazar.

Police also intensified checking at cinema halls, shopping malls, lodges, hotels and important market areas in the city.

Anticipating that terror suspect Viqar Ahmed alias Ali Khan, who is absconding for the past two years after allegedly opening fire on police personnel at Saidabad and Falaknuma here, may create disturbance again, the cops were put on alert and kept a constant watch on movement of suspicious persons.

Security has been tightened to nab the suspects including Viqar, ahead of the third anniversary of Mecca Masjid bomb blasts that rocked the city on May 18, 2007, officials said.

Hyderabad City Police Commissioner A K Khan, said, "In view of the recent incidents (bomb blasts) in Pune and Bangalore, we are tightening the security arrangements here."

He, however, said there is no specific terror threat to Hyderabad.

"Till now we were busy with agitations and curfew following communal riots in the city. Police have now started anti-crime drives, which will help not only in identifying terrorist activities but other crimes," the CP said, adding "There is no need to panic for public."

Even as Task Force sleuths along with bomb and dog squads undertook massive checking and frisking operations in various localities and vehicles, the Hyderabad City Police chief said, "We are always on alert."

Asked, if there was any specific alert by Intelligence agencies that there could be a possible terror attack in Hyderabad, he said there is no specific terror threat to Hyderabad city.

Khan requested the people to be on alert and asked them to inform police if they come across any suspicious persons and suspicious objects.