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Suicide bid prompts sealink security review

mumbai Updated: Oct 24, 2011 00:53 IST
Mohamed Thaver
Mohamed Thaver
Hindustan Times
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An embarrassed Mumbai police have decided to review the security set-up at the Bandra-Worli sealink after a 23-year-old woman walked past the Worli security checkpoint in the early hours of Sunday and jumped from the bridge.

The sealink is a no-entry zone for pedestrians.

The security breach assumes significance in the backdrop of the fact that the bridge is high on the list of city landmarks that face the threat of terror attacks.

“It does seem to be a security lapse. I will be reviewing the security at the sealink, and any loopholes in the security system will be plugged,” said Vineet Agarwal, additional commissioner of police (central region).

This is the second incident to take place in less than a year. Last November, a man killed himself by jumping into the sea after walking past the Bandra checkpoint. The security scare had occurred hours before the US president visited the city.

Sources at Worli police station said the spot from where Khan jumped is a blind spot as no CCTV covers that part of the bridge. “If that’s the case, there may be a need to reposition the cameras so that all spots are under surveillance,” said Agarwal.

According to him, the construction work at the sealink is causing confusion as labourers constantly walk by. “We may issue identity proof to distinguish labourers from locals,” he said.

The sealink is guarded round-the-clock by the Bandra and Worli police stations; the Shivaji Park police help with surveillance on Dadar Chowpatty side. The traffic police have teams at the check posts and the coastal police make patrols below the bridge.