Terror alert in Delhi ahead of Diwali, 400 buildings, markets on watch


Diwali 2019, terror alert, Delhi, connaught place

New Delhi - Eight of the 15 districts in Delhi are being considered sensitive.


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Published: Sun 20 Oct 2019, 2:03 PM

Last updated: Sun 20 Oct 2019, 6:32 PM

An alert has been sounded and security has been beefed up in Delhi with terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) planning to target more than 400 sensitive buildings and markets in the national capital ahead of Diwali.

"Rohini, North-East, North-West, North, East, Central, New Delhi and Dwarka -- eight of the 15 districts in Delhi are considered sensitive," a Delhi Police official said.

And these districts are said to have 425, the highest number, of buildings identified as sensitive. Of the eight districts, New Delhi has about 200 buildings identified as sensitive, all of which have been provided additional security.

Buildings like the Prime Minister's Office, Sena Bhavan, Parliament house, Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi district are always in the sensitive category, but now markets like Connaught Place and Khan Market have been added to the list. The Jama Masjid in Central Delhi district, Delhi Police Headquarters, Rouse Avenue Court, Laxmi Nagar, Preet Vihar, Anand Vihar are some other important places where the terrorists may target.

New Delhi district deputy commissioner of police Eish Singhal said: "We do not have any intelligence input of any kind of threat, but we have enhanced security in the city ahead of Diwali."

Since last week, police stations across the city have been asked to keep their gates locked with a sentry posted there round the clock. Only government vehicles are allowed entry inside. Picket duties have also been enhanced and dog squads and quick reaction teams have been put on 24-hour alert.

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