Delhi Police Did Not Issue Advisory On Possible Terror Attacks
A message that has gone viral on social media claims that all “officers have been requested to inform their family and loved ones to avoid Chandni Chowk and other crowded areas in Delhi and Bangalore" as two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) groups have reached Delhi and "are planning on carrying out two suicide attacks".
The viral message, "received" from international branch, further claims that national capital's "electrical whole sale market in Chandi Chowk area" is the likely target.
The ‘advisory’ has been shared on Twitter and Facebook by several users.
TRUE OR FALSE?
DCP New Delhi IPS Madhur Verma told The Quint that this message is fake. He acknowledged that the message has been doing rounds on WhatsApp and clarified, "Delhi Police has not issued any such notice."
Similar Advisory Issued in 2014
In December 2014, Delhi Police did issue an advisory to the citizens of Delhi after receiving intelligence reports about possible terror attacks.
According to PTI, a senior official had said, "There was an intelligence input about the possibility of a terror strike in a north Indian city today (6 December). It is possible that the attacks in J&K could be what the input was about. Red alert was sounded in the national capital and we were ready for any eventuality."
Security was beefed up across the national capital in December with Delhi Police's SWAT and HIT teams being deployed at important installations like airports, railway stations, bus terminals, Metro stations and malls.