Two more bullet-proof speed boats were on Wednesday put into service by the Mumbai police to intensify patrolling along the coastline of the metropolis in the aftermath of November 26 terror attacks.
The two country-made air-conditioned boats, christened as 'Koyna' and 'Kaveri', are equipped with advanced engines, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and wireless sets.
At least eight policemen armed with AK-47s, life guards and binoculars will keep a vigil along the 140 km-long city's coastline, along with nine existing boats of the police.
"These boats will maintain vigil along the coastline round-the-clock and intercept suspicious boats during patrolling. The well-equipped and advanced boats will boost the confidence among the police personnel deployed in the boats and enable them to do best job," Police Chief D Sivanandan said after inaugurating the two boats.
Ten terrorists, including the lone captured Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, arrived in Mumbai through sea route on a boat, escaping all security layers.
Subsequently, the terrorists sneaked into Hotels Taj Mahal and Oberoi, Nariman House building and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and killed over 170 people, including 26 foreigners.