The Mumbai police are on their toes after a security alert warned of 26/11-like terror attacks in the city. Apart from gathering preventive intelligence, the police are holding meetings with local fishermen.
According to the security alert, 8-10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists, with the help of their local handlers, may target Mumbai once again in the next three months.
The anti-terror cells of all police stations have sent letters to housing societies to furnish details of all those who are staying on lease.
“Meanwhile, security at all vital installations and tourist spots has been stepped up and all the lodges and local hotels are being checked,” said a police officer, requesting anonymity.
The coastal police stations, which fall under the port zone of the police, are also on alert and all the patrol boats have been asked to conduct routine sorties.
“We are holding meetings with the coastal security committees, which comprise fishermen and others who operate in the sea, and they have been asked to report any suspicious movement. The police are also in touch with the Coast Guards and the Navy,” the officer said.
The railway police have increased security at all stations and are conducting checks on long-distance trains.
The Mumbai police issued a statement that said, “[The] Mumbai police receive intelligence inputs regularly. It helps us in anticipating incidents as well as keeping police on their toes. Mumbaiites need not panic on account of these alerts. The police are alert and taking every precaution to keep the city safe. We need Mumbaiites to be our eyes and ears. Please do not believe in rumours.”