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Security tightened at Andheri station

india Updated: Jul 11, 2009 01:12 IST
Rachna Pratihar

For the next 10 days, security will be tight at Andheri and Churchgate stations.

Following an alert about a possible terror strike, the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF), security had been stepped up at the two stations besides others on the western line and on important stations on the Central line.

On July 7, the Railway police had been informed of a possible strike by Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e- Tayyeba (LeT) at Andheri and Churchgate stations that would be of the magnitude of the November 26, 2008.

“We have deployed as many armed personnel as possible. Sniffer dogs have been patrolling at least twice a day at all major stations on the western line and on main stations on the central line,” said Ashok Sharma, GRP Commissioner.

“We have alerted our personnel for intelligence gathering. The bandobast will go on for at least 10 days,” he added.

A senior railway official, who did not wish to be named, said that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had on July 7 passed on information to the state government about a possible terror attack by the LeT at Andheri and Churchgate stations in the next seven days.

The state government, in turn, passed on the information to the GRP and the RPF, the official said.

Besides the heavy police bandobast at stations, 18 special response teams have been pressed into service on the Western Railway.

Also, the Mumbai police have increased bandobast outside all railway stations on the Western line, with additional deployment in the vicinity of Andheri and Churchgate stations.

“As a standard operating procedure, we have been conducting rehearsals and holding sensitisation programmes and mock drills keeping in mind that the July 11 serial blasts anniversary is approaching,” said D. Sivanandhan, Mumbai Commissioner of Police.

“Similar bandobasts will be taken up at all public places in the city in the coming days,” he added.

Chief Security Commissioner of the Central Railways B.S. Sidhu said, “We were already on alert and have sensitised our personnel to retaliate in case of terror attacks."