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Only 20 genuine calls on terror suspects in city

Two days after the Mumbai police went to public seeking information about two terror suspects on the loose by splashing their photographs across the media, the police control room had received only 20 "cognisable" telephone calls from general public by Sunday evening. The duo remains untraced.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2010 02:23 IST
HT Correspondent

Two days after the Mumbai police went to public seeking information about two terror suspects on the loose by splashing their photographs across the media, the police control room had received only 20 "cognisable" telephone calls from general public by Sunday evening. The duo remains untraced.

Sources in the Mumbai police control room told Hindustan Times that the public response was far from expected as only 20 calls were "cognisable" while the rest were vague, and in some cases blank. Cognisable calls are those where the caller gives information on the whereabouts/ citing of the suspects. These are the calls where the police can act on.

Sources said the control room was alerted by a caller who claimed to have spotted the duo near Thakur Complex at Kandivli (W).

Another caller said the duo had stayed in a chawl at Grant Road some time ago. "The police was immediately dispatched to these places, while teams from Crime Branch and the Anti-Terrorism Squad conducted their independent probes," sources added.

Rest of the calls (not more than 40) were vague and blank. “Some claimed to have spotted the duo somewhere he or she could not remember. Or some would say that some of his friends or relatives had seen persons with similar features,” sources.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Rajkumar Vhatkar said all cognisable calls were acted upon as soon as they were received. "We are on the alert and every call on the help line is taken with seriousness," he said.

On Friday, the police had released photographs of two terror suspects — Kalimuddin Khan (28) alias Rameshwar Pandit, suspected to be a Pakistani and Hafij Khijir Ulla Sarif (25), suspected to be a Bangladeshi. The police said the duo had sneaked into Mumbai a week ago with the intention of causing disruption at crowded places and places of worship during the festive season.

The police had appealed to citizens to alert them if and where they were spotted by calling up the local police station or on the emergency helpline 100. Two special help lines were opened for receiving citizens’ calls at the control room-22633333 and 22625020.

The police had not only received calls from Mumbai, but also from outside. Though each number (of the callers) has been recorded, it has been decided not to bother the caller but act on the information.

Additional Commissioner of Police, crime, Deven Bharati said the hunt for the suspects is on. “We expect public cooperation in tracking the suspects in the coming days,” Bharati said.