The Mumbai police will be on their toes with Ganpati and Bakri Eid coinciding for the first time this year. Officials are planning to guard the city like a fortress during these two festivals — the Ganpati festival will be celebrated from September 17 to 27, while bakrid falls on September 25.
A rigorous bandobast schedule is being chalked out to ensure there are no flare-ups in the city. The police are also meeting community leaders.
They have identified 49 sensitive spots in the city. Policemen in plain clothes will gather intelligence in these areas. Officials said the motto is to avoid any face-offs between communities since the enthusiasm between them will be at its peak.
In a first, two companies of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) will be deployed for festive bandobast in the city.
In all 35,000 policemen with 2,500 officers will be on the streets for bandobast during the 10-day long festival. They will be assisted by 10 companies of the state reserve police, three companies of the rapid action force and 500 home guards, including 100 women personnel.
There have been incidents of fringe groups intercepting trucks loaded with animals being brought to slaughter houses illegally.
“To avoid such incidents this time, special police teams will be deployed at all the five entry points of the city to stop such vehicles from entering. The police teams will intercept such vehicles and take action if they find animals being brought illegally,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner and Mumbai police spokesperson.
The police have already begun anti-sabotage checks across the city with residents in all the hotels and lodges being verified. Nakabandi spots have also been increased to scan all the vehicles, added officers.
The police will also use drones to keep a hawk-eye view during immersions.