A red alert was declared and security was stepped up in the national capital as well as all the major cities today in the wake of the serial blasts in Hyderabad.
A senior Delhi Police official said the personnel of the force have been alerted and they were keeping a tight vigil on the city.
"We are always on alert. There is nothing to panic," the official said. At least three powerful blasts rocked the busy commercial hub of Hyderabad close to a crowded bus stand at Dilsukhnagar this evening claiming several lives.
The blasts took place during the peak hour outside a roadside eatery near Konark cinema theatre in the locality resulting in a stampede-like situation with people trying to run for safety.
Alert has been sounded across West Bengal following the serial blasts in Hyderabad this evening, police said.
"Security has been beefed up in various parts of West Bengal, including the bordering and coastal areas. We have sent a security alert in all the police stations of the state," ADG (Law and order) Banibrata Basu told PTI.
The serial blasts in the Andhra capital has claimed nine lives and injured 32 others, official sources have said.
Mumbai and other major cities in the country too has been put on high alert
NDTV reported that sources in the Home Ministry said that the explosions in the city's Dilsukhngar were a terror strike by "a well-trained" group which timed the explosions to cause the maximum damage.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Feb 22, 2013 10:34 AM