South Delhi’s posh social-hangout zone, Hauz Khas Village, has been put under heavy security as reports of possible terror attacks have emerged.
The Delhi Police has tightened security around the buzzing market-place as intelligence reports have hinted at possible terror attacks on foreigners.
According to reports, Deputy Police Commissioner, Ishwar Singh, revealed that the security has been tightened to tackle any possible threat to foreigners, not wanting to replicate the recent terror attacks in Europe. Singh also mentioned that restaurants will continue to serve till 1 am but the last order should be placed before 12.30 am.
Singh also mentioned that the excise department has been asked to conduct surprise checks in the restaurant to ensure that the liquor is not served to people below 25 years of age. The traffic police will also keep a strict eye on drunken driving.
Several new signs and warnings have been erected around the area to ensure that accidents and drunk driving does not happen. However, restaurant owners in Hauz Khas Village claim that these measures are a way of harassing and pestering them.
A restaurant owner mentioned that they have approached BJP MP Manoj Tiwari who has promised to help them with the issues. He said:
The police personnel start coming in at 11 o’clock and ask us to shut down. There are no written orders that have been issued in this regard but we have been facing these issues for the last week or so.
They also said that although they have the permission to run restaurants till 1 am, the police come in and ask them to shut down the place at 11 pm. They also revealed that the police are thinking of closing down ladies’ nights at pubs and bars in the Village.