Tight security in Mumbai on Dec 6

Mumbai police is drawing a security plan including the deployment of BSF and RAF, reports Abhishek Sharan.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 20:21 IST

For the first ever, the Maharashtra Government has requisitioned the help of the Border Security Force (BSF) to keep the law and order in the city on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar 50th birth anniversary on Wednesday.

The Mumbai police has drawn a comprehensive security plan including the deployment of central paramilitary force like the BSF and the Rapid Action Force (RAF). In addition, CCTV mobile vans will be deployed to ensure an incident-free observance of the day.

Two Officers from the Anti Terrorist Squad, DCP Naval Bajaj and Assistant commissioner of police Sanjay Baviskar, will also be out on the streets in central Mumbai, especially the Dadar Chaitya bhumi, to oversee security arrangements.

The ATS will be on alert to thwart any potential terror plan since the day coincides with the demolition of the disputed Babri Masjid mosque in Ayodhya eight years ago in 1992.

The police department expects that roughly two million Ambedkar followers might arrive in the city on the day to converge at Dadar’s Chaitya bhumi---located at Chowpatty---to offer their homage to their dear departed leader.

According to Dadar police, usually ten lakh followers converge at the Chaitya bhumi but the number is expected to double in view of the 50th anniversary.

According to Joint Commissioner of Police(Law and Order) Arup Patnaik, the BSF company comprising of three platoons of about 400 men will be deployed on the day---at Dadar’s busy NC Keluskar Marg, Veer Savarkar junction and near the Sena Bhawan.

Besides, three companies of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) will be manning the Chaitya bhumi, three SRP (State Reserve Police) company be deployed at the Veer Kotwal garden near Plaza theatre.

According to DCP (Operations) R Tadvi, four CCTV-mobile vans will move around the chaityabhumi, Shivaji Park and Raja Badhe chowk.
A water cannon vehicle ---Vajra/Varun--- will also be deployed; policemen will be ready with tear gas shells to thwart mob violence.

Two Additional Commissioner of police (ACP)-rank officers, along with six DCP-rank officers, will be out on the streets to supervise the security arrangement.

A posse of policemen will also be deployed near the Mahim dargah as devotees are expected to turn themselves in on the anniversaty of Makhdoom Shah.

First Published: Dec 08, 2006 20:21 IST