India was placed on high alert on Saturday after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris claimed over 120 lives and injured many hundreds more. Commentators spoke of the “eerie similarity” of the attacks in Paris to the Mumbai terrorist attacks of 26th November 2008, in which multiple, ‘soft’ targets with ordinary people being targeted.
Police officials said security has been particularly stepped up at all foreign embassies and consulates in New Delhi and places in Mumbai where many people visit. Ordinary people gathered at a central venue in New Delhi, called India Gate, and lighted candles to express their solidarity with the French people. Security forces were also asked to keep a tight vigil at airports, railway stations, bus terminus, markets and religious places.
Strongly condemning the incident, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently on a visit to Britain, said, “I condemn the barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris in the strongest terms. We feel the shock, pain and outrage of the people of France. India stands firmly with the great people of France in dealing with this tragedy. And we must stand together as humanity in combating the major global threat of our times and to uphold our values and our way of life.”
In Delhi, security was scaled up particularly outside the French embassy (located next to the Russian Embassy) besides government buildings and international airport following an alert by intelligence agencies in the wake of terror strikes in Paris.
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