A security officer at the Mumbai airport on Sunday asked frequent flier Shailesh Panicker to remove his blazer and place it on a tray used for scanning hand baggage.
Normally, security personnel only conduct such X-ray scans on passengers’ belongings such as cellphones and wallets but owing to the heightened security for Independence Day fliers witnessed rigorous checks on Sunday. “The process resulted in a long queue at the security hold but it was a good move,” said Panicker, an IT professional.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that guards the city airport had deployed additional staff at security checks to physically search passenger hand baggage. “The security has been beefed up as per protocol,” confirmed Jitender Negi, deputy inspector general, CISF.
In the rest of the city, the Mumbai police have maximised security arrangements owing to Independence Day celebrations.
“The entire force will be on duty on Monday. We have deployed personnel at various points who will randomly check vehicles and frisk people,” said Rajnish Seth, joint commissioner of police (Law and Order).
Further, the police will also have random ‘Nakabandi’s’ or check points across the city.
The railway police, too, have kicked into action in preparation for I-Day. Sources told HT that the railway police have also divided their work shifts into 12 hours so as to make sure personnel get a break and remain alert.
“We are making sure all vital installations are secured as well as heavy deployment of personnel on he roads,” said Nisar Tamboli, deputy commissioner of police (detection) and spokesperson, Mumbai police.