Mumbai, Delhi on high alert, security beefed up after attacks in Paris

New Delhi(PTI): In the wake of deadly terror strike in Paris, security was on Saturday stepped around major establishments across Mumbai and Delhi.


A general view of the scene that shows rescue services near the covered bodies outside a restaurant following a shooting incident in Paris, France, November 13, 2015.Reuters

Security has been especially tightened in the diplomatic enclave and other crucial locations including the Indira Gandhi International airport, railway stations, metro network and bus terminals in Delhi.
Vigil is being kept around prominent hotels, malls and markets in the city.

“We are alert and have taken adequate measures to deal with any emergency,” said a senior police official.

“The Special Cell of Delhi Police which is the specialized counter-terrorisim unit has also been briefed and the crime branch has also been kept in loop,” the official said.

Security is being upgraded in and around crowded markets in the city and office buildings in the Lutyen’s Zone which house offices of several ministries.

Director General of Police, Maharashtra, Praveen Dixit said, “All police units have been asked to review and access control measures at places with heavy footfall.”

“Owners and managers of such places have also been asked to do mock drills to avoid any possible untoward incidents,” Dixit said.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharti has said in view of terror attacks in the French capital last night, security has been beefed up in Mumbai as well.

The country’s financial capital has earlier witnessed deadly terror attacks that claimed scores of lives and injured hundreds.

“Though we always remain alert, in wake of the attacks in Paris, security has been beefed across the city. Officials concerned have been asked to remain more vigilant,” he said.

Security at major railway stations, airports, commercial establishments like shopping malls, theatres has been stepped up, another senior officer of Mumbai Police said.

The official apprised that all agencies involved in monitoring of security measures have been asked to share vital inputs more precisely.

A series of attacks targeting young concert-goers, soccer fans and Parisians at popular nightspots killed at least 120 people in the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II.