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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police have been put on alert in the wake of intelligence reports indicating that terrorist groups are planning to carry out strikes in the Capital, particularly busy market places.
Referring to a US Embassy travel advisory cautioning visitors, a Union Home Ministry spokesperson on Thursday said: “We are aware of the advisory. We have alerted the Delhi Police. All necessary steps are being taken.”
The advisory states that terrorists have targeted places in the past where US citizens or Westerners are known to congregate or visit. “Markets such as those located in Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Mehrauli and Sarojini Nagar can be especially attractive targets for terrorist groups. If you are in an area where unattended packages are spotted, you should immediately exit the area and report the packages to authorities,” it adds.
The British, Australian and Canadian High Commissions also issued advisories to their citizens on Thursday on similar lines. The Canadian authorities have urged the visitors to “exercise a high degree of caution, monitor their surroundings and minimize their presence in market areas of the city”. About security arrangements, Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said all necessary measures had already been taken.
Extra security personnel were visible at all the major markets across the Capital on Thursday.
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