Strict security before New Year

Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi on Monday assured Delhiites that the counter-terrorism units of the force has been braced up to avert any possible terror strike following the bomb blast in Bengaluru.

“We have braced up arrangements in the counter-terror front. Local police have been briefed about alertness, and specialised units like the Special Cell and Crime Branch have been asked to keep a tab on all their sources,” said Bassi.

The Special Cell and Crime Branch have been instructed to strengthen the intelligence system and keep a tab on the movement of suspected individuals.

He added that on New Year’s eve, local police and teams of counter-terror front will be stationed at crowded markets, malls, hotels, airport and railway stations. Police also urged people to be alert and act as the eyes and ears of the force.

“On noticing anything suspicious, I urge people to call the 1090 helpline of Delhi Police which deals with terror-related issues,” Bassi said.

On Monday, all district police heads briefed Bassi about threat perceptions and how they planned to tackle them. Later in the day, the top brass of Delhi Police met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and informed Singh about the situation and arrangements.

Sources said Bassi also met Defence officials, Intelligence Bureau Director and other senior government functionaries to discuss security arrangements.

With the beginning of Republic Day preparations, police said the high alert will continue till the celebrations are over.

Police have also imposed restrictions on New Year revelers and asked them to maintain decorum.

Police have advised organisers of New Year bashes to restrict their parties till 1 am. People have also been asked to refrain from driving under the influence of alcohol.

“Special police teams would conduct checks through breath analysers to keep a check on drunk driving,” said a police officer.

This year, 70 traffic police teams along with police officers deputed with police control room vehicles will be on patrol from about 7 pm on Wednesday.

“No one will be allowed to break the law and strict action will be taken against those who create nuisance,” Bassi said.
DH News Service

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