13 Sep :The Union Home Ministry on Saturday night issued an advisory to all states and union territories asking them to remain vigilant and step up security following the serial blasts in the national capital which claimed several lives.The ministry asked the states and UTs to take all precautionary measures in view of the blasts, an MHA spokesman said.
Soon after the blasts at half a dozen places, the ministry dispatched expert teams to examine the sites.Home Minister Shivraj Patil condemned the blasts and expressed sympathies to the families of those killed and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured.
Health authorities have also been alerted to ensure availability of medical facilities in hospitals and ambulances in the capital.Security enhanced at Delhi metro stations
Security was enhanced at all Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) stations but train services not suspended in the wake of the serial blasts that rocked five upscale markets in New Delhi on Saturday.
"Security has been strengthened and frisking and checking of commuters stepped up. The metro is under constant vigil," a CISF spokesperson said.Nearly two lakh people commute daily through Metro, the world-class public transport medium of the national capital.
The CISF official said the public transport system is already under high alert and extra personnel have been pressed into service to keep a vigil on commuters."They have been asked to be on their toes round the clock. Every single person is being checked and possessions like bags and suitcases are being frisked by us at all the stations," the official said.
"Contrary to the rumours, we have not suspended our services as the blast has not taken place near any of the metro stations," a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson said.
He said that as a security measure, all suspected places like dustbins inside the coaches as well as at stations have been checked.Delhi Metro officials appealed to its commuters to inform about any unattended bags, suspicious objects or characters. DDINEWS