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Kenya mall attack fallout: Security stepped up in malls, places of worship in India

Sep 27, 2013 09:14 AM IST India India

New Delhi: Security has been beefed up in cities across India in the wake of recent terror attack in a mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Over 60 people lost their lives. The police have stepped up security in malls and places of worship as a precautionary measure.

In the backdrop of the deadly Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, cities across India are on high alert. The Jewish synagogue in the heart of the national capital stands quiet. The police has not issued any specific security alert so far.

The CRPF camp have been put outside the synagogue since 2008 Mumbai attack and security has been beefed up after that all across the country. Special emphasis has now been given after the Home Ministry alert which came in first week of September.

Ezekiel Issac Malekar, Rabbi, Synagogue said, "There is an apprehension in the minds of people, especially tourists who come to visit the synagogue. They ask if adequate security arrrangements have been made in view of the security threat to the synagogue."

In Mumbai too, the police is specifically reviewing the security of churches, malls and 5-star hotels. Mumbai police will start a compliance check drive in the city.

Security has also been stepped up in Mumbai's Jewish establishments after Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal told interrogators that these spots had been recceed.

For the first time, malls will now be graded according to security-preparedness.

In the wake of the Nairobi terror strike and Peshwar attack, top police officers have reviewed security especially of soft targets like malls, 5 star hotels and churches. A comprehensive plan has been drawn up by the state police following a survey of over 500 vulnerable spots in the city. Regular meetings are also being held with representatives of different communities ensuring that everyone is on the same page.

People believed that more security is required in malls. One of the resident said, "Just putting mirror under cars is not enough. We're allowed to get away without being frisked."

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has asked for a review of security. Bangalore ACP Kamal Pant has also called a meeting of mall owners and security officers to review the situation.

Even in Kolkata a general alert has also been issued ahead of the Puja season at vital installations and public places.