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Security lax at religious sites: Delhi Police promises action

CNN-IBN
Jul 10, 2013 at 12:53pm IST

New Delhi: Reacting to a CNN-IBN report which highlighted the security lax at religious places in the national capital, Delhi Police on Wednesday promised to take action against those found guilty for not making proper security arrangements.

Three days after terror struck the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, CNN-IBN visited four popular religious sites in Delhi to check if security arrangements have been tightened there following the terror attack at the Mahabodhi temple.

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The Hanuman Mandir, situated in the heart of the national capital, sees the most devotees on Tuesdays. But even on such this high risk day the CNN-IBN team found that security was missing inside the temple. The CNN-IBN team carried some old clothes and a pressure cooker in a bag but were easily able to enter the temple. The defunct Door Frame Metal Detector made no noise. They were also not frisked at the gate as no policemen were present to check bags or devotees entering the temple. The CNN-IBN team placed a bag in the inner sanctum of the temple but for over 10 minutes it remained unnoticed.

The team later placed the bag near a foodstall but no policemen present in the area paid any attention to it. The iconic Hanuman Mandir is located at Delhi's Connaught Place, which has been a terror target before.

The next destination of the CNN-IBN team was Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in Old Delhi. the gurdwara is located next to Parliament and Delhi's Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee is also located there.

But the CNN-IBN team got an easy access even there. No metal detectors or policemen stopped or checked them. The team entered the inner chamber of the gurudwara with the bag but even after 20 minutes nobody noticed it.

Even at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, located at Connaught Place, the team walked into the gurudwara with the bag and found there are no security checks, metal detectors or policemen to frisk people.

The CNN-IBN team then visited Delhi's famous Jama Masjid, which has been a terror target earlier. With the month of Ramzan just days away, the team was expecting high security at the masjid but even there the policemen didn't bother to check the bag and the team easily entered the shrine.

Over the years, Delhi has witnessed several terror strikes but despite the government issuing an advisory that security arrangements need to be stepped up at all religious places across the country, no actions seem to have been taken.

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