A 20-feet-high, glossy, opaque structure has been erected behind Matoshree, the Bandra (East) abode of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, to prevent possible attacks on one of the country’s most-protected personalities.
The police, faced with constant threat to Thackeray’s life, has decided to block the view to Matoshree, as the state is yet to construct a permanent post for the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) there.
Additional commissioner of police, Amitabh Gupta, confirmed that the structure was erected as part of Thackeray’s security. Another senior officer said on condition of anonymity said: “It will prevent anyone from trying to look into the house even from a distance. It will also prevent any chance of a sniper taking a shot at anyone in the house.” However, the structure cannot help in case of a grenade attack or a bomb explosion, he added.
He said the family had been constantly on terror radar and so the police had sought permission to set up a SRPF post there.
“Thackeray holds a Z-category security status and so there cannot be any slackness in his security. But there had been no clearance on setting up the post, so we decided to install this wall,” the officer said.
Shiv Sena’s executive president Uddhav Thackeray was not available for comment.