Finding Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda leader and mastermind of the 9/11 US attacks, in Pakistan is the biggest proof the ISI and Pakistan have a clear link with the Mumbai terror attacks, Maharashtra home minister RR Patil said on Monday.
Osama was killed by US troops in Abbottabad, a town 140-km from its capital Islamabad. “This while they [the Pakistan government] denied that the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks were hatched in Pakistan. But, Osama’s death has only reiterated what our police have been saying,” Patil said. He said it was time Pakistan did justice and stopped protecting people like Dawood Ibrahim.
As far as state security and Mumbai’s safety are concerned Patil said adequate measures had been taken. “I met senior officials, including the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) chief Rakesh Maria who assured me that the city and state were safe,” he said.
Senior home department officials said Maharashtra and particularly Mumbai had been put on high-alert from Monday morning itself and all constables had been asked to keep an ‘extra’ vigil, especially in sensitive areas.
Also, the police have been asked to keep an eye on Lashkar-e-Taiba cells in the state considering the possibility of some retaliation.
Commenting on the safety of the US Consulate at Breach Candy, Patil said there was adequate security in place. “As the consulate has always been a terror target, there were measures taken by both the police and the consulate to ensure complete safety. So there was no need to increase the security,” he said.
Another terror target, the Arthur Road jail, where 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab is lodged, is well fortified and secure, Patil said.