In a countrywide advisory, the Ministry has asked all states to deploy additional forces in crowded places such as markets, railway stations, bus terminals and religious places to foil attempts by terrorists to carry out attacks. The Union Home Ministry has asked state governments to be extra vigilant during the ongoing festival season against attempts by terrorists and subversive elements to disrupt peace and ignite communal tension. Expressing apprehensions of terrorist attacks and communal tension around Diwali, the Home Ministry has asked security agencies across the country to remain on full alert.
States have also been asked to take all precautionary measures to deal with any contingency situation. For the next four days till 'Bhaiya Dooj', huge crowds are likely in markets and public places across the country. In its advisory to the states, the Ministry has said that anti-social elements are looking for an opportunity to carry out attacks during Diwali taking advantage of the crowd at markets and public places. The Ministry has asked the State Governments to keep the security agencies on full alert to foil any attempts to spread disturbance. It has also directed the Central Agencies to keep a close watch on the situation.