As per intelligence reports, Islamic State might try to target the capital city of India in order to avenge the Lucknow encounter that took place on Wednesday. During this a suspected terrorist called Saifullah was killed after a 11 hour long operation. It is believed that Saifullah was a self-radicalised operative of the Islamic State terror group. As per the reports the terrorist had planted a bomb in a train and also had plans to attack Barabanki, Varanasi and Sarnath. Though there is no confirmation about the group, organization or individual who might be responsible for these plannings.
Two Terror Suspects in Delhi
There were news that two terror suspects were hiding in Delhi on Thursday and were heavily armed. They have been arrested by the police now. It is believed that the two arms suppliers were in contact with the Khurasan module of Islamic State Terror group and were planning for creating trouble in the city.
Tight Vigil In Crowded Areas
Crowded places in Delhi like Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Paharganj etc have been under tight security to avoid any kind of problems. Tight vigil is maintained at crowded markets and the significant religious places.
Vehicles entering the city from Western UP are intensively checked and barricades have been put up on every 500 metre distance in Delhi. Other than road transport, trains and railway stations are regularly kept in watch. The security officials responsible for railway security have been ordered to keep tight vigil on railway stations and nearby tracks. Patrolling near embassies, bus terminals and metro stations have also been increased so that appropriate action can be taken against any security breach.
Security Officials Being Prepared
On Thursday and Friday, a meeting was held among the senior police officers and other staff members responsible for security in the city to discuss the various steps that can be taken to keep the public away from harm’s way. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal reviewed if the security officials are ready to face the time of emergency.
Adjoining areas of Delhi have also been asked to increase the patrolling in their areas and keep tight vigil in terror prone areas. Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad are the areas that are given special orders to do so.
An incident that took place on Patel Nagar Metro Station spread terror among people. A bag with some electronic device was left unauthorised at the metro station that created chaos in the area.
Detectives are keeping in touch with their informers all over the city and are searching for any actionable intelligence. Old Delhi has been kept under tight vigil, especially the Jama Masjid area. In the Northern Delhi also, the officers are keeping tab on everything.