Taking note of the perceived threat to schools on Republic Day (January 26), schools across Mumbai have received different instructions from local police stations over enhancing the security. While police inspectors visited some schools in Mumbai to check the security arrangements, others were given questionnaire forms to fill.
A team of police visited the Alexandra Girls’ English Institute, Fort, on Wednesday. “We were asked to give details such as student strength, number of gates, CCTVs and other security measures. In the past, too, we had received instructions on security. This is creating a sense of fear among schools, especially about January 26,” said Freny Mehta, principal of the school.
Other schools had to fill out the information in the forms sent by the local police stations. “We have received forms from the police, seeking information on the security situation at the school,” said Eric Elavia, principal, Lady Engineer School, Tardeo.
Schools in Marine Lines said the police had briefed them on safety audits on January 6. “We were told the police plan to conduct safety audits of every school in the city. It has not yet been done, although we had requested them to check the security arrangements in the school at the earliest,” said Chandrakanta Pathak, principal, HVB Global Academy, Marine Lines.
Pathak said schools were also given a standard operating procedure in case of terrorist attacks or hostage situations in schools.
Meanwhile, schools in western and central suburbs have not got any instructions from the police. “We had received instructions in December, after the attack on an Army school in Peshawar, Pakistan. We have not been approached after that,” said Anil Garg, trustee of St Mary’s School, Kandivli.