Sunday, May 2, 2010

Heavy security cover in Delhi following terror alert

New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): Delhi on Sunday remained under a thick security blanket following alerts of imminent terror strikes.Delhi Police has deployed a major chunk of its manpower on streets and crowded commercial centres.The Home Ministry had on Saturday issued an alert following indications from the US, Canada and New Zealand that Delhi is on the terrorists'' radar, and might be attacked in the near future.The ministry has asked Delhi citizens to be vigilant and to cooperate with security officials.It stressed that while there is no need to panic, "it is aware of these terror threats, which are not specific to Delhi".It said the terror warning is related to increased infiltration attempts in Jammu and Kashmir.This is the second warning issued by the US in last two weeks.Earlier, the US said that it had "credible information" about terrorists planning to carry out strikes in some Indian cities and to target American nationals, and the US Embassy in New Delhi.The US had warned that markets, such as those located in Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Mehrauli, and Sarojini Nagar, could be attractive targets for terrorist groups.Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has said it has taken appropriate security measures to prevent any untoward incident from taking place."Delhi Police is aware of the advisory issued by the U.S. Embassy that there are increased indications that terrorist attacks are imminent in New Delhi. We are taking appropriate measures in this regard," said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat. (ANI)