Following the deadly terror attack in France, authorities have sounded a high alert in India on Saturday. Police and state governments have been asked to beef up security including at all foreign embassies and consulates. Security forces have also been asked to tighten the vigil at the airports, railway stations, bus terminals, markets and religious places along with vital installations.
Delhi Police and its security units have been directed to increase vigil and post additional police personnel outside all embassies and high commissions in Delhi and consulates in different cities across the country.
Security has been beefed up along all Jewish worship places including synagogues, ‘Chabad Houses’ and other places which are frequented by foreign tourists. Chabad House was among one of the targets in 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
In Delhi, security was scaled up particularly outside the French embassy besides government buildings and international airport here following an alert by intelligence agencies in the wake of terror strikes in Paris.
Besides the diplomatic enclave in Chanakya Puri, Security has been reviewed and tightened up at other crucial locations including the Indira Gandhi International airport, railway stations, metro network and bus terminals in Delhi. Even the security in prominent hotels, malls and markets in the city is looked into, a senior police official said.
Security is being upgraded in and around crowded markets in the city and office buildings in the Lutyen’s Zone which houses offices of several ministries.
In Maharashtra, security was beefed up around major establishments across various cities including Mumbai which has been targeted by terrorists. Mumbai has seen several deadly attacks in the past. Security was especially stepped up at major railway stations, airports, commercial establishments like shopping malls and theatres in Mumbai.
“All police units have been asked to review and access control measures at places with heavy footfall,” Director General of Police, Maharashtra, Praveen Dixit said.
“Owners and managers of such places have also been asked to do mock drills to avoid any possible untoward incidents,” Mr. Dixit added further.
(With inputs from the PTI)