The state of Delhi has been put on high alert, after an intelligence report which said that two terrorists have entered Delhi to carry out a suicide attack. The police have warned the people, shopkeepers and passengers in trains, buses and Metro to keep a watch on their surroundings and alert the police in case they notice anything suspicious.
The intelligence input suggests that the two operatives, who could be from Jaish-e-Mohammed, were headed for Delhi in a commercial vehicle. The vehicle could be a truck, carrying apples, and is destined for a wholesale market in Delhi, sources said.
The police chiefs of neighboring states have been asked to keep a watch on vehicles entering the city from western India. A strict vigil is being kept at toll plazas around Delhi. Special surveillance will be mounted at temples. Traffic cops have been asked to stop non-destined vehicles from entering the city over the next few days.
The police have, meanwhile, begun special patrolling in crowded markets like Chandni Chowk, Paharganj etc. The eyes-and-ears scheme, involving locals in policing, has been activated.
Vigil at important installations, railway stations and airport has been stepped up and all police stations have been asked to increase patrolling in their areas. Embassies, bus terminals, Delhi Metro stations and crowded markets have also been put under surveillance. On Thursday and Friday, senior police officers held meetings with officials of intelligence agencies to discuss details. The LG reviewed security preparedness and gave necessary instructions.
Central and north Delhi have been put under a heavy security blanket. Surveillance and deployment have been beefed up around Chanakyapuri, Connaught Place, India Gate and areas under the Parliament Street police station.
The police are also ensuring that CCTV cameras at all places with high footfall, like popular markets in the city and metro stations, are functional. The police brass has asked all units to ensure that personnel have long and short-range weapons ready during patrolling. The police has asked railway police and staff at stations and tracks to maintain vigil. Gangmen and linesmen have been asked to keep a watch in their areas and patrol the tracks through the day.