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Ragpickers, housekeeping staff to alert police of any suspicious items

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Security heightened ahead of Diwali after intelligence alert

Amid a general security alert in the run-up to Diwali, Delhi Police approached ragpickers, housekeeping staff and others to alert them in case if they find any suspicious items.

“We have got several inputs from intelligence agencies about a terror group planning to target more than 400 sensitive buildings and markets in the national capital ahead of Diwali. We have deployed paramilitary personnel at sensitive points,” said a senior police officer.

All the Station House Officers were instructed to call a meeting of ragpickers, housekeeping staff of malls and private security guards deployed at railway stations, bus terminals and other places. “These persons will help the police under the ‘eyes and ear’ scheme of Delhi Police. In case if they notice any suspicious activity, they have been instructed to immediately inform the police about it,” added the senior police officer.

Electronic surveillance

Security has been beefed up in terms of heavy deployment and electronic surveillance is visible in all major markets, which witness heavy footfalls during the festive season.

The heightened security is visible in areas like Sarojini Nagar, Karol Bagh markets, Lajpat Nagar as well as Old Delhi markets of Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar.

“We have also kept several Quick Response Teams and Special Weapons and Tactics to deal with any emergency and constantly carry out anti-sabotage checks. Policemen in plain clothes have been deployed in markets and railway station to keep an eye on anti-social elements,” added the officer.

Traffic policemen will be deployed outside railway stations, markets and other public places to manage the festive rush, the police said.

The other units of Delhi Police Special Cell and Crime Branch are also active and coordinating with Central intelligence agencies for any inputs.

Security has also been tightened at police stations after Delhi Police got an alert from intelligence agencies about possible terror attacks at police stations in the city.

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