A general alert was sounded at Uran, Navi Mumbai, about 50 kilometres from Mumbai, after schoolchildren spotted suspicious-looking men in the area on Thursday. Deputy commissioner of police (crime) Dilip Sawant said, “Children from Uran Education Society spotted the suspicious men, after which the police were informed.” He added, “We swung into action and began search operations. We have also alerted other agencies, including the navy.”
A source said, “A girl from UES claimed to have seen a person with a weapon in Kumbharwadi area of Uran. Another boy from the same school claimed to have seen masked men with weapons in Borapada. There is confusion about how many people were spotted, with the numbers ranging from two to five.”
The source added that the children who claimed to have seen the armed men were taken to the locations as part of the probe.
Many areas in Uran were cordoned off and nakabandis set up. The Navi Mumbai police conducted searches across the region, including forests, coastal areas, residential areas and hotels. There were also reports that the exercise was a mock drill but, there was no confirmation of this. Navi Mumbai police commissioner Hemant Nagarale said, “I cannot comment whether this is a mock drill or not. We appeal to the people to not panic and to cooperate with us.”