Security at Jewish and Israeli establishments in the city was beefed up on Monday evening following the bomb blast in Delhi that injured an Israeli national and three others.
Rajnish Seth, joint commissioner of police, law and order, told HT that an emergency meeting was convened following the development in the national capital. “Security has been reinforced at all Israeli establishments. We have mounted extra surveillance and deployed extra manpower at all locations,” Seth said. “We had sufficient security at those places, but have stepped things up further,” Seth added.
Apart from the Israeli consulate at Nariman Point, there are two Jewish synagogues-at Fort and Byculla respectively. The Chabad House at Colaba, though privately owned, is also an important Jewish landmark in the city. It witnessed the worst carnage during the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attack, when terrorists stormed the building and killed some of its occupants. Seth said that the security cover at Chabad House has also been increased following the New Delhi blast.
On Monday evening, authorities from the Israeli consulate in Mumbai said that they were awaiting reports from the Israeli embassy in Delhi. “We will take a call based on the reports submitted by the embassy. The decision regarding beefing up security in city will be taken in a meeting with Israeli diplomats on Tuesday,” said a source from the Israeli consulate.
Sources in the Mumbai police, meanwhile, said that as part of the increased security measures, the Mumbai police have moved anti-sabotage units near all Israeli establishments. Sniffer dog squads along with bomb detection and disposal units, and Quick Response Teams have also been deployed with armoured personnel carriers.
“We are committed to provide security to not only Israelis, but all foreigners in the city,” Seth said, in a bid to allay fears of a repeat in the city.