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Police guard hotel accommodating stranded US marines

mumbai Updated: Oct 19, 2009 10:51 IST

Security has been beefed up in and around a five-star hotel in the western suburbs where over 200 passengers of the US aircraft checked in after their plane was ordered to land at the airport in Mumbai today, police said.

A Bangkok-bound chartered US plane in which American marines were among the 205 passengers was ordered by authorities to land at Mumbai airport for flying over Indian airspace without getting the mandatory military clearance.

"Necessary security measures have been taken to ensure the safety of all the passengers," Deputy Police Commissioner Brijesh Singh said.

However, he refused to disclose the name of the hotel due to security reasons.

Required number of policemen have been deployed in and around the area, police said, adding bomb detection and disposal squads have also been put into service.

Intelligence Bureau and Ministry of External Affairs have taken keen interest in the security of the passengers and are constantly reviewing the situation, they said.