Ruling out any “specific threat” to the commercial capital during the 11-day Ganpati festivities beginning on Tuesday, Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik stated that “heightened alertness” would be maintained during the period.
Patnaik said that as the first day of Ganesh festival coincides with Id Ul Fitr celebrations, extensive security has become imperative. “We are taking precautions and are geared up to deal with any challenge,” said Patnaik elaborating on the security arrangements for the festivities.
He said that the tough security measures could cause inconvenience to the general public. “But in the larger interest, we urge people to bear with us,” said Patnaik. Devotees must avoid carrying bags or objects to the pandals. “Since these objects will not be allowed, people should not complain of harassment later,” he added.
The police also held meetings with voluntary groups, community and religious heads to chalk out strategy in maintaining peace. Joint commissioner of police (law and order) Rajnish Seth said that additional force ha been summoned from outside the city too.