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Security stepped up in Mumbai ahead of 26/11 anniversary
Sources said security has been tightened after Tehreek-i-Taliban warned of mounting attacks in India to avenge Kasab's hanging.
Mumbai: Security has been beefed up across Mumbai on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks, which comes close on the heels of the hanging of lone caught terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Kasab. "There is no specific threat but we have been alert for (the) past one week. Even though there were 'threats' to the financial capital but Mumbai Police are well-prepared to tackle any eventuality," Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said.
According to sources, security has also been tightened after Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan warned of mounting attacks in India and anywhere to avenge Kasab's hanging. "Such terror groups have always threatened to take some or (the) other action," Singh said in a lighter vein when asked about the threat perception.
Elaborating further, the police commissioner said "there are four points of preparedness. First is that we should be aware if there is any actual threat or not and if there is threat then we should know its source." If the threat is real, then its roots should be unearthed and it is also necessary to establish who are supporting the terrorists, he said.
"We have progressed in four years in our intelligence gathering skills," he said, adding that specially-trained cells have been formed at the police station level. Elaborating on the security arrangements, Singh said there were 39 divisions posted in the city and they have First Response Team (FRT) at their disposal besides five regional additional commissioners of police having QRTs. "Other than that we have Force one, ATS etc," he said.
The Police have visited 400 schools and colleges to help form 'Mritunjay' clubs in order to make students aware about terrorism. "We also conduct mock drills regularly," he added. Search operations, nakabandis and combing operations are also being undertaken, he said. "In a month or two, the Mumbai Police will start the process of installing CCTV cameras across the city," the police commissioner said.
Vital establishments, including airports and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), will be under tight vigil. Singh also said the Maharashtra police had received the sanction to recruit 60,000 more personnel. 166 people were killed when Pakistani terrorist Kasab and nine of his aides unleashed terror on the city in 2008.