Police sources said given that Saturday’s Pune blast was near a place earlier surveyed by terror suspect David Headley, the Mumbai police are now cranking up security at all those locations that Headley reportedly visited during his stay in Mumbai.
Vihar lake in Powai, Siddhivinayak temple, Shiv Sena Bhavan, the Rennaisance Hotel, defence establishments at Kalina, Taj hotels in the city, and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre are some of the locations reportedly visited by Headley.
Leave for all police personnel stands cancelled until
further notice, the sources added.
Mumbai Police are also using a range of media to tell citizens to stay alert in the wake of the Pune blast, which claimed nine lives and injured more than 45.
Police officials said alerts in the form of text messages are being sent to citizens warning against touching any unknown object and urging them to inform the police instead.
“We are taking all possible measures to keep the city safe,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Himanshu Roy.
The alerts are also being played on television screens inside BEST buses. On Monday, the police were summoned after a conductor on a BEST bus on the Vashi-Borivli route found an unidentified package in the bus. It contained medicines.
The messages are also announced repeatedly at railway stations across the city, in addition to increased vigilance, with senior railway police officials visiting these stations.
“Security at all stations has been tightened,” said Commissioner of Police (Railways), Tukaram Chavan.
Police said security has been tightened at numerous locations including airports, ports, coastal areas, places of worship and luxury hotels.