The Delhi High Court has been put on high alert after the police received a bomb threat call on Thursday morning, reported news agency ANI. As soon as the police received the call, it rushed to the spot and took charge of the situation. ANI reported that SWAT teams, fire tenders, and bomb squads have also arrived at the spot. Currently, a search is going on in the premises of the Delhi High Court. Meanwhile, NDTV reported that the call was traced to a number in western Uttar Pradesh. The call was received by a PCR van from North East Delhi’s Bhajanpura and the police is now trying to track down the person who made it. Earlier in September 2011, a blast took place outside the Delhi High Court killing 11 people while 80 others were left injured.
According to an India Today report of September 7, 2011, the bomb was placed in a briefcase and ripped through a crowded reception area at the entrance of the Delhi High Court. Back then, the incident had taken place around 10:15 am outside Gate Number 5 close to the reception area where visitors had lined up for entry passes. The responsibility for that blast was taken by a terrorist group named Harkat-ul-Jihad through an e-mail in which it claimed that the act was carried out to demand repeal of death sentence of Afzal Guru, a condemned prisoner in 2001 Parliament attack.
The then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had accepted to some weaknesses in the security system that needed to be plugged. “Several mechanisms were put in place after the Mumbai blasts… there are weaknesses in our system, we must work hard to plug the weaknesses,” Singh had said.