Mumbai on high alert ahead of Diwali, cops beef up presence
The alert, issued last week, says explosives may be mixed with firecrackers for attacks, but there was no mention of a specific target or timemumbai Updated: Oct 25, 2016 10:09 IST
Central intelligence agencies have put Mumbai’s crowded local trains, public processions and malls full shoppers on high alert ahead of the festive season, and have asked the railways and city police to beef up security.
The alert, issued last week, says explosives may be mixed with firecrackers for attacks, but there was no mention of a specific target or time.
“All the police units and the railway police have been asked to gather information to ascertain the veracity of the threat,” said a police officer, not wishing to be named.
Anti-terror cells (ATCs) across the city formed to gather terror-related intelligence are also coordinating. The railway police have been asked to post more personnel at stations.
“The railway police are conducting anti-sabotage checks and surprise drills at railway stations. They are also checking commuters’ luggage. All 17 railway police stations are doing at least three mock drills in their jurisdictions,” said another police officer.
The police were also checking lodges and low-end hotels, where owners generally don’t ask for an identity proof.