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Mumbai police checks hotels, conduct nakabandis ahead of Justin Bieber’s show

Tushar Doshi, deputy commissioner of police (special branch) said, “People from across the country and abroad are coming to enjoy the concert on Wednesday. Many of them are likely to stay in the hotels and lodges in Navi Mumbai. Our teams are checking hotel rooms for two reasons. First, to ensure the safety of people staying there, and second, to find out if some people are planning mischief on the day of the concert.”

mumbai Updated: May 09, 2017 00:13 IST
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Salman Khan’s bodyguard, Shera, who is looking after security of Justin Bieber, checks out the security details at  the VIP gate of the airport on Monday.
Salman Khan’s bodyguard, Shera, who is looking after security of Justin Bieber, checks out the security details at the VIP gate of the airport on Monday.(Pramod Thakur/HT PHOTO)

The Navi Mumbai police have started security checks ahead of Canadian pop star Justin Bieber’s concert at DY Patil stadium at Nerul on Wednesday. The concert is a part of the Asia leg of Bieber’s world tour.

Twenty police squads, comprising 20 to 25 officials each, are visiting lodges and hotels in the city and checking rooms. They are also conducting nakabandis at various places.

Tushar Doshi, deputy commissioner of police (special branch) said, “People from across the country and abroad are coming to enjoy the concert on Wednesday. Many of them are likely to stay in the hotels and lodges in Navi Mumbai. Our teams are checking hotel rooms for two reasons. First, to ensure the safety of people staying there, and second, to find out if some people are planning mischief on the day of the concert.”

The police have asked hotel owners to rent out rooms only after checking the bona fides of their guests. “We have asked them to inform us if they find something unusual in their guests’ behavior,” Doshi added.

Senior police officers have been visiting the stadium since Monday morning to check security arrangements there. The stadium has been divided into four sections, each of which will be secured by a police team comprising an officer and 25 constables.

Doshi said, “We are conducting nakabandis to keep tabs on the people entering and leaving the city. Special attention is being paid to catch habitual offenders such as chain snatchers and vehicle thieves at the city’s entry and exit points. We want to ensure that no one falls prey to such people before or after the concert.”

Kiran Patil, assistant commissioner of police, Turbhe division, said, “Apart from the main roads, our officials are also roaming public places in plainclothes. If anyone is found moving around suspiciously, he or she will be detained for questioning. Combing operations will also be conducted near the stadium and at certain other places,” he said.