Security in Mumbai beefed up after intelligence agencies issue alert

  • Rahul Mahajani and Saurabh M Joshi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 22, 2015 22:00 IST

The Mumbai has been put on high alert after Central intelligence agencies sent out intelligence about a multi-city attack planned by terrorist groups from Pakistan. The list of possible targets includes Siddhivinayak temple, which, according to the alert, could be attacked on a Tuesday.

The alert indicated a possible terror strike before January 28. It says Pakistan-sponsored terrorist outfits such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen have collaborated for a multi-centre attack, and targeted four states.

Out of the four teams of terrorists, one is in Maharashtra, while others have been despatched to Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, the intelligence alert said.

The alert specifically mentions Siddhivinayak Temple and states an attack could be carried out on a Tuesday, when there is a huge presence of devotees in and around the temple premises. It also mentions names of several attackers, including Abdulla Al Quresi, Nasir Ali, Jabed Ekbal, Nabid Zeman and Shamsher, all under 25 years of age.

Dhananjay Kulkarni, Mumbai police spokesperson, said, “We are on high alert. We have deployed enough personnel at all vital places.”

According to police sources, the intelligence says that the temple is not the only possible target mentioned in the alert, as a result of which the Mumbai police have intensified their patrolling.

Central agencies have asked all concerned police forces to conduct intensive coastal patrolling near the Western coastline, in order to prevent any infiltration of terrorist groups through a sea route.

The agencies have also been advised to give special attention to sites in their respective jurisdictions that have been mentioned in earlier alerts issued by the Central agencies.

Sources in the state police said the input originated in an uncorroborated intercept, obtained by the Assam police.

On high alert
* While all leaves have been cancelled for the Mumbai police force, 25 extra platoons of the State Reserve Police Force will be deployed at all sensitive places in the city
* The police will be using a scanner van to check vehicles entering Shivaji Park, where the state’s Republic Day parade will be held
* The police have also stepped up security in and around major railway stations, religious places, market areas, malls, heritage structures, bus depots and 5-star hotels.

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