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Pedalling for a safer city

india Updated: Feb 23, 2009 01:15 IST
Anshuman Poyrekar
Anshuman Poyrekar
Hindustan Times
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They are a bunch of cyclists with a mission.

And they are pedalling their way through each and every village along the Maharashtra coastline to rope in the villagers to prevent the terrorists from using the state coast to mount terror attacks in the country in the future.

The band of 15 cyclists — most of them college-goers and young executives — united under the initiative of a naik with the Mumbai coastal police, Rajendra Koyande (33), who saw one of his colleagues die in the 26/11 terror attack.

“During the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai, the RDX was smuggled in through Shekhadi, in coastal Maharashtra. During the 26/11 terror attack, too, the attackers invaded through the sea,” said Koyande.

The group, called Young Lifeguards, is holding interactive sessions in schools, colleges and asking the villagers to prevent the coast from being used by terrorists. The cyclists are distributing pamphlets among the villagers and educating them on how to raise the alarm on spotting something suspicious.

“We are asking fishermen not to rent boats to strangers,” said Siraj Kheti (25), one of the cyclists. The cyclists began their 10-day campaign from the city on February 16.