Security beefed up as US, UK and Australia warn of militant attack

April 22nd, 2010 - 11:32 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr 22 (ANI): The security has been beefed up in an around the capital following the United States embassy, Australian High Commission and the British High Commission advisories warning about a possible terror attack in New Delhi.

The advisory was issued by respective embassies, urging their citizens and tourists to be highly observant and avoid visiting crowded and popular shopping areas, as there are ‘increased indications’ of ‘militant attacks in the capital’.

“The Ministry of Home affairs is aware of the advisory. We have alerted the Delhi police and all the necessary steps are being taken,” said Home Ministry spokesperson Onkar Kedia.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said: ” All the necessary precautions are put in place to ensure that such events or such risks are taken care of.”

A security ring has been thrown around the capital and large number of policemen have been deployed at important places such as the India Gate, North and South Blocks, Sarojini Nagar Market to avert any untoward incident and track down suspicious movements.

The US advisory issued on Wednesday spoke of ‘increased indication that terrorists’ are planning to attack some of New Delhi’s markets frequented by foreigners.

Security agencies routinely intercept messages exchanged between militant networks, but officials said the highly detailed alert had prompted immediate action, including tighter security.

The issue is being looked into with some seriousness following Saturday’s Bangalore blast in which at least 12 people were wounded prior to the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers of Bangalore.

Delhi Police personnel are on high alert following the advisory. (ANI)

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