Tight security on 3rd anniv of Delhi serial blasts

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.