Delhi on alert after Pakistan school attack

Delhi on alert after Pakistan school attack

In the wake of a terror attack on a school in Pakistan's Peshawar city in which over 100 students were killed, Delhi Police have sounded an alert to keep watch on schools in the capital city.

Delhi police have sent a message to all 160 police stations in the city to keep a check on the schools falling in their jurisdiction.

"We have asked all eleven (police) districts' heads and station house officers of the capital to keep a check on the schools and colleges falling in their area," a police officer told IANS.

"All the beat officials have been asked to visit the schools and colleges falling in their jurisdiction and keep a proper watch on the security there. The officials have been asked to keep in touch with the school and college authorities to ensure the security of students," he said.

According to the officer, the area officials have been asked to advise school and college administrations to keep a proper watch on people entering the premises of their organisation.

Every station house officer has been instructed to visit schools and colleges in their jurisdiction, the officer said.

Over 5,000 government and private schools are being run in the capital.

"A PCR van will keep patrolling near every school and college. All the police stations have been informed to keep ready a quick reaction team (QRT) and quick response vehicle (QRV) to tackle any unprecedented happenings," said the officer.

"Army schools and those falling in Delhi Cantonment and New Delhi areas have been taken on proper radar," said the officer.

"Authorities have been instructed to keep the door of their school premises closed all the time," he said.

The Delhi Police conducted separate mock drills in the capital -including India Habitat Centre, Kalkaji Temple, a metro station and in a market -to deal with a sudden terror attack.

Over 100 students were among those killed Tuesday when heavily armed Taliban terrorists stormed an army-run school in Peshawar city and opened indiscriminate fire on them.

The national capital is already on high alert after intelligence warnings of a possible terror strike ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit in January 2015.

Intelligence inputs say terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba is likely to carry out attacks in Delhi ahead of Obama's visit for Republic Day celebrations.

Security has also been beefed up at important installations in the capital like airports, railway stations, bus terminals and metro stations.

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