Security beefed up in Delhi on Diwali


New Delhi : Delhi Police Tuesday stepped up security in the capital in view of Diwali after intelligence agencies warned of terror attacks, an official said.

Despite the arrest in October of the three suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists who were allegedly planning major strikes in the capital during Diwali, sources in Delhi Police said that the threat was not over yet.

Investigators suspect that the two absconding terrorists of their module, Shaqir and Ahmed, who are allegedly bomb making experts, could well be in the city and may carry out blasts with the help of Lashkar-e-Taiba sleeper cells.

To avert any tragedy, police were looking for other IM members in Delhi and surrounding regions and security was beefed up in markets, said a police officer.

Asad Khan, Imran Khan and Feroz were arrested by the Special Cell, an anti-terror unit of Delhi Police, recently for allegedly carrying out the Aug 1 Pune serial blasts and planning strikes in Delhi during the festival season.

“Intelligence agencies had also alerted Delhi Police to prepare for the possibility of a terror strike here on the occasion of Diwali,” said the police officer.

The officer said adequate steps had been taken to guard against untoward incidents.

Armed personnel have fanned across the city and barricades were erected to check vehicles, he said.

“All the police stations have been alerted to keep a tight vigil across markets, railway stations, metro stations and Pragati Maidan where the annual trade fair is to begin from Wednesday, besides other vital installations,” the officer added.