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Terror helpline receives no calls on Monday

india Updated: Sep 14, 2010 03:22 IST
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The two helplines made operational three days ago by the Mumbai police to receive information about the two terror suspects on the loose in the city, seldom rang on Monday.

The police feel that citizens are being prudent so as to not bother the law enforcers with incomplete or random information, as has happened on repeated occasions in the past.

According to sources from the main police control room, though the helplines haven’t received any calls, the emergency number 100 has received about a dozen calls.

However, the calls were far from being actionable at the headquarter level and hence the information was passed on to the concerned police stations for follow up.

Rajkumar Vhatkar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Operations, told HT that the 24-hour helplines would continue to be top priority till the suspects were tracked down.

Till Sunday, the police control room had received 20 “cognisable” calls from citizens about the duo.

Cognisable calls are those that contain actionable information. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and crime branch had acted on the calls with help from local police stations.

On Friday, the Mumbai police had released photographs of two terror suspects of foreign origin — Kalimuddin Khan, 28, alias Rameshwar Pandit, suspected to be a Pakistani, and Hafij Khijir Ulla Sarif, 25, suspected to be a Bangladeshi.

According to the police, the duo had sneaked into Mumbai a week ago with an intention of causing disruption at crowded places and places of worship during the festive season.

The police had asked citizens to alert them if the terror suspects were spotted, by calling up the local police stations or the emergency helpline 100. Two special helplines — 22633333 and 22625020 — were also made operational at the control room.

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.