Delhi Police had deployed as many as 5,000 personnel in the national capital as part of special arrangement to check incidents of "hooliganism" during Holi and ensure security in view of potential threats looming over the city.

"We had deployed 2,500 officials from police districts and equal number from Traffic department across the city today to prevent any incident of hooliganism during Holi," a senior Delhi Police official said, adding that Quick Response Teams (QRTs) have also been deployed at strategic points to deal with any untoward incident.

"Officers up to the rank of Deputy Commissioner conducted patrolling throughout the day to ensure that no hooliganism takes place, with heightened vigil on instances of harassment of women on the pretext of celebrations," the official said.

Counter-terrorism unit and Crime Branch of Delhi Police were put in loop and instructed to heighten their vigil during Holi in view of intelligence inputs warning about potential threat to the national capital.

In the morning, Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma wished a "Happy Holi" to the 80,000 strong force over wireless and emphasised on the need of police officials developing empathy and good behaviour to develop goodwill among the mass.