Mumbai to celebrate Republic Day with caution

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 27, 2015 17:40 IST

As Mumbai celebrates Republic Day under the threat of a possible terror attack, the Mumbai police force will be on its toes on Monday. Security in the city has been beefed up, with checks being conducted at all entry and exit points in the city.

The Mumbai police are concentrating their energies on Shivaji Park in Dadar, where the state’s Republic Day parade will be held on Monday.

The park premises will be guarded by 1,500 police personnel, and the area has been declared a no-fly zone. The police have also stepped up security in and around major railways stations, religious places, market areas, malls, heritage structures, bus depots and five-star hotels.

Several teams of plainclothes policemen will also be deployed at crowded places in the city. The security apparatus will be supervised by senior police officers, such as those holding the ranks of additional police commissioner and deputy police commissioner.

The security drill is significant in the backdrop of an alert received from Central agencies recently, which specifically mentions Siddhivinayak Temple, and states that an attack could be carried out on any Tuesday, when huge crowds flock to the temple.

The alert has said a terror attack could be attempted before January 28.

The Central agencies have asked the police to undertake intensive coastal patrolling near the western coastline, in order to prevent any infiltration of terrorists through a sea route.

The agencies have also advised the police to give special attention to terrorist targets in their respective jurisdictions, which have featured in security alerts issued in the past by Central agencies.

The spokesperson for Mumbai police, Dhananjay Kulkarni said Mumbai police were conducting checks at many places. “As of now, there is no specific threat, but the police are taking no chances.”

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