Monday, April 26, 2010

Terror threat: Dadwal claims police cautious of its duties

New Delhi, Apr 23 (UNI) Close on the heels of advisories issued by some countries to their citizens in Delhi regarding possible terror threat, Delhi Police Commissioner today claimed that the police ''has been doing its job seriously irrespective of issuance of any such advisories''.

The Commissioner, Y S Dadwal, said at a press conference here the police has always been cautious and all kind of alerts were always put in place.

''This is our job and we are doing it seriously,'' he said.

He was replying to a question regarding advisories issued by the US, the UK and Australia to their nationals warning them of possible terrorist strikes in Delhi and other parts of India.

Mr Dadwal stated that every country has a right to talk to their citizens and so the three nations issued the warnings to them.

''Our motto is to have safe and secured Delhi. The Delhi Police has always been taking various steps required to maintain that,'' he asserted.

Referring to their anti-terror measures, he said they were being taken in full vigour. ''Our activities, including mock drills, checking of guest houses and cyber cafes, meetings with all stake-holders of Eyes and Ears scheme, anti-sabotage checks, deployment of QRTs, hit teams, morchas and machaans, are being fully taken care of,'' he said.

The Commissioner informed mediapersons that recently the police had visited various countries including China, Australia, the UK and others, ahead of the Commonwealth Games preparations.

''The meetings were successful. The arrangements and security planning put in place during trial events held recently in the Capital were well appreciated by the participant nations and it was conveyed to us that the system was as good as anywhere in the world,'' he said.

On Wednesday, the US issued an advisory to its citizens in India asking them to avoid visiting congested areas of Delhi after increased indications of terrorists planning attacks.

The advisory issued by Australia asked its nationals to exercise a high degree of caution in India at this time because of the high risk of terror activities by the militant groups.

Canada had alsp issued warnings about possible attacks against markets frequented by foreigners in New Delhi.

According to these warnings, specific and credible information suggested that markets including Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Mehrauli and Sarojini Nagar could be targeted by terrorists in the coming days or weeks.

''We strongly advise Australians to minimise their presence in market areas of New Delhi,'' the Australian Advisory said.

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