Chennai blasts: Security enhanced in Delhi, Rajasthan and all airports

One passenger was killed and eleven others injured in two bomb blasts that went off in quick succession on the train bound for Guwahati.

By: Agencies | New Delhi/jaipur | Published: May 1, 2014 8:41:11 pm
rail2 Security was intensified at major railway stations, airports, bus depots and other public areas in Rajasthan. (Reuters)

Security was on Thursday beefed up in the national capital after twin bomb blasts in a train at Chennai railway station in which a woman was killed and 14 others were injured.

“Security has been beefed up at crowded and important places like railway stations, bus stations, markets,” Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said. He, however, clarified that it is not a situation of red alert.

A 24-year old woman techie was killed and 14 others were injured, two of them critically, when two low-intensity bombs exploded in a span of ten minutes in two coaches of the Bangalore-Guwhati Express at the busy Central Railway station in Chennai early this morning.

Security was also intensified at major railway stations, airports, bus depots and other public areas in Rajasthan.

“We have alerted all district Superintendent of Police, IG range to step up vigilance and surveillance at airports, roadways bus depots, hospitals, railway stations, religious places in view of Chennai blasts,” DGP Omendra Bhardwaj said.

“There would be an extra vigilance and alerts in the sensitive cities like Ajmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Kota divisions as a precautionary measures,” he added.

Meanwhile, the CISF issued alert across all domestic and international airports in the country to step up security at these facilities in the wake of the Chennai blasts.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) headquarters here issued orders asking all Airport Security Groups (ASGs) at 59 airports to tighten access-control, enhance quick reaction teams and undertake multiple screening of suspect passengers.

“We have alerted all the airport units that we are securing in the country in the wake of the blasts. The orders are clear that the vigil should be maximum without any hassle to genuine passengers,” Chief of CISF Airport Security O P Singh said.

The CISF is the mandated security force that secures 59 civil airports in the country.

The security agency has also asked its troops to undertake the ‘secondary point ladder checking’ in case of a suspicious activity or passenger. This frisking is done after a passenger crosses the initial security checking and is just about to board the aircraft.

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