3 Delhi malls evacuated, security tightened

3 Delhi malls evacuated, security tightened


Though Delhi Police maintained that there was no need to panic, Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) have been activated and patrolling intensified across the city. Tight security provided to some vital installations including Delhi Metro, Central government offices, popular tourist spots and markets.

The United States had earlier issued a travel alert saying that there are increased indications that terrorists are planning attacks in Delhi.
The alert identified some popular shopping areas and advised Americans travelling or residing in India to be vigilant.

Australia and the UK have also  advised their citizens to avoid some shopping areas in New Delhi, after the US warned that city markets frequented by foreigners were vulnerable to terrorist assault. The ministry of home affairs and ministry of external affairs had been warned that terrorists might try to scuttle the Commonwealth Games.

According to sources, the likely target areas are crowded places like popular markets and tourist spots. Several markets like Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Mehrauli have already witnessed heightened security activities in the last three days.

Hoax
Meanwhile, three malls were evacuated in Saket area of south Delhi Sunday after a news channel received a fax about a bomb in one of them. However, the threat turned out to be a hoax after a thorough search, police said. “A news channel received a fax Sunday afternoon about a bomb in a mall in Saket area. Police were rushed there and three malls, adjacent to each other, and peoeple were evacuated,” said a police officer.

“The parking area was also sealed off. People had to wait outside the malls waiting for the search to end,” said the officer. However, he refused to give the name of the news channel that received the fax. There were huge crowds in the malls as it was a Sunday. “Probes are on to trace the person who sent the fax. Nothing more can be revealed right now,” said the officer.
DH News Service

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