In the aftermath of the bomb explosion in Bangalore on Sunday, the Mumbai police said as much as 70% of its 46,000-strong police force will be deployed on bandobast duty to secure the city on New Year’s Eve.
The police also sounded a high alert in the city post the blast in Bangalore, which left one dead. Crime branch officials began combing operations and were checking all lodges and hotels in the city to sniff out any suspicious residents. The police and crime branch were also checking antecedents of those who have cases registered against them.
Meanwhile, the traffic police have stepped up patrolling and nakabandis and are thoroughly checking vehicles plying in and out of the city. Posters bearing photographs of the five SIMI operatives who fled from the prison in Khandwa have also been put up at several places in the city.
Famous New Year’s Eve celebration spots such as the Gateway of India, Marine Drive and Juhu beach will all have a temporary control room and at least 16 night-vision CCTV cameras for better co-ordination.
Police sources said leaves of all personnel for December 30 and 31 have been cancelled. The state will also be secured by 20 platoons of the state reserve police force (SRPF), quick response teams (QRT) — one in every region — and 14 bomb detection and disposal squads (BDDS). More than 1,000 personnel and 100 officers of the home guards will also be roped in.
“We have also identified spots such as Worli sea-face, Malvani, Marve, Gorai and Haji Ali where we will have an extra deputy commissioner of police (DCP) deployed in addition to the zonal DCP to manage the footfall,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner of police (crime).