‘This is an emergency’: Residents say they’ve received bomb threats after rising temperatures
New Delhi, Dec 21 (Reuters) The threat of a “major disaster” was the final straw for some residents in a densely populated neighbourhood of Delhi, a government official said on Wednesday.
“There has been a big increase in the number of people coming to us for shelter in the last few days,” the official told Reuters.
“Some of these people are saying they have been threatened by people who want to cause a panic,” the source said.
The threats, which have been reported to the central government, have prompted authorities to shut down roads and shut down public transport in the city, as well as the capital, Delhi.
Authorities said they had stopped issuing permits for the use of public transport, which has resulted in some of the city’s roads closed.
Delhi has been on a high alert since the death of a 23-year-old trainee doctor who was found dead in a locked train carriage in December, sparking a nationwide crackdown.
The death prompted an inquiry by the Indian Railways and a probe by the police.
Police said on Monday they were looking into the death, and urged people to report any suspicious incidents.
“We will ensure the safety of the people and ensure the proper investigation is done,” Delhi Police Commissioner Suresh Prabhu said.
(Reporting by Sujatha Jain; Editing by John Stonestreet)