Police ban gathering of people, cars near Delhi airport

December 5th, 2008 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) The Delhi Police Friday issued guidelines prohibiting the assembly of people or parking of vehicles along a 500-metre stretch on the highway near the international airport in New Delhi. The order was issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Delhi) H.G.S. Dhaliwal against the backdrop of a high alert at the Indira Gandhi International Airport early Friday morning after intelligence agencies warned of possible terror strikes.

“With people assembling near the airport to have a glance of the aircraft, there are possibilities of miscreants mingling with the general public in order to attack the landing aircraft, which is at a closer range,” the order said.

The order said the gathering of people and vendors or parking of vehicles are prohibited along a stretch of 250 metres on both sides of National Highway 8 near the airport.

However, the order would not apply to religious rallies and processions which have the requisite permission of the police.

“Religious rallies and processions can be held with the prior permission in writing of the DCP (South),” a senior police official said.

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