With August 15 celebrations around the corner, the police have stepped up security in Mumbai. However, they are being extra cautious in view of the execution of Mumbai bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon.
More than 30,000 policemen have been deployed across Mumbai to maintain law and order, said sources. There are 10 companies of the state reserve police force (SRPF) in Mumbai, comprising around 900 personnel, who will be deployed at various places.
While officials claimed that there was no specific security alert, prohibition on group assembly has been extended. This means that assembly of five or more people and bursting of fire crackers are not allowed.
Officials said policemen will be present in large numbers at government offices where the flag hoisting ceremony will be carried out.
The whole security apparatus will be put out starting Friday evening, officials said, adding that a drill was conducted at Shivaji Park on Tuesday
Senior police officers said they have identified several sensitive pockets in the city, which will be fortified. They have also narrowed down on 40 locations where Quick Response Teams (QRT) commandos will be deployed for reacting in case of any untoward incidents.
The traffic police will conduct nakabandis to check movement of suspicious vehicles. The crime branch and other cells of the police have already started to9 check hotels and lodges, said officials.
The port zone of the Mumbai police have also been put on alert and patrolling of shores has been stepped up.
“Maximum policemen will be deployed on the streets. All steps will be taken to have peaceful Independence Day celebrations in the city,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner and Mumbai police spokesperson.
Meanwhile, with intelligence inputs suggesting the next three months are “critical” to the security of the state following Memon’s hanging, the home department has put the police and security agencies across the state on high alert.