Around 25,000 policemen, 5,000 officers, 12 companies of SRPF, three companies of rapid action force (RAF) and six quick response teams (QRT) manning the stretches from Borivli to Churchgate and Mulund to Colaba ensured the burial of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon on Thursday went off smoothly.
Security in Mumbai was beefed up on Wednesday evening with police personnel being posted at different spots in the city.
From 5am on Thursday, bike-borne policemen were seen patrolling sensitive areas in the city.
After Memon’s body was handed over to the family, police personnel were deployed at gate number 1 and gate number 8 of the Mumbai airport, with companies of the state reserve police force (SRPF) and quick reaction teams (QRTs) positioned around the airport.
Three companies of the RAF were also deployed at Mahim, Charni Road and Vikroli.
“Five hundred and twenty-six criminals were detained in anticipation of a law and order problem. No untoward incident was reported in the city,” said Mumbai police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni.
While around 10,000 people turned up at the Mahim and Charni Road burial grounds, the police made continuous public announcements to ensure people did not crowd or create trouble.
Taking note of the location of Badakabarastan, close to the Marine Lines station, the government railway police, too, kept a vigil on the station premises.
A large number of traffic constables were deployed at Mahim, where the Memon family lives, to ensure smooth traffic movement on all roads leading to Mahim dargah.