Hyderabad: Amid massive security checks in the city ahead of Shivratri festival, Andhra Pradesh DGP V Dinesh Reddy on Thursday said that there was no specific input on fresh terror attacks and police were conducting routine drills.

"What is being shown on electronic media since yesterday are unfounded rumours that are being relayed. There is no basis for these rumours. There is no need for any fear psychosis in Hyderabad," the AP Police Chief told reporters.

"These are routine checks being done by police (Hyderabad and Cyberabad Commissionerate) which are going to continue. No scope for any rumours. Actually we don't have any such inputs," Reddy said. It is a general annual alert (in view of Shivratri festival on March 10) which is being followed. The massive checking and frisking drive going on in the city is the post-blast drill (after the February 21 Dilsukhnagar twin blasts), he said.

Police is in full control of the situation and they are doing routine checks, he said adding that these are mock drills. He said the state police is going to supplement the efforts of National Investigation Agency (NIA), to which the blasts case has been transferred. "We are not washing off our hands. We are also doing our job. The case has been transferred to NIA but that doesn't mean we are washing off our hands. The state police is also putting its efforts and is supplementing the efforts of NIA," he explained.

"We have some clues and we are working on that. No one has been arrested and we have questioned some suspects," he added. The DGP asked people to cooperate with police and security forces for the safety of everyone. "They (people) can be rest assured that top priority has been given for their security. I appeal to the people of Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad, in particular, not to be panicky," he said.

As many 3,500 cameras are being procured at a cost of Rs 450 crore to be installed in the city, he said. He asked people to be alert and also share information on any suspicious objects. "If people come across any suspicious things, it should be brought to the notice of the police and they should also share information on suspicious movement of strangers in their neighbourhood," Reddy said.

"Whatever information is shared will be kept confidential and they will be richly rewarded," he added. As many as 17 people were killed and over 100 others injured in the blasts that were triggered by powerful IEDs planted near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar on February 21.


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