The sense of foreboding in the city is palpable. The police and the fire brigade have been plagued by hoax calls about bomb threats in different parts of the city. Bus conductors have been asked to frisk suspicious-looking passengers and check their baggage. What adds to the panic is the presence of NSG commandos in the city.
For many residents there was a sense of deja vu. It was in December 10 years ago that riots broke out in the city following the Babri Masjid demolition. The city saw bloodletting for well over a month, followed later by the serial blasts.