Secure Marine Drive to prevent Barcelona-like vehicle attack, Mumbai police tell BMC, state
In the wake of ISIS terror attacks using vehicles in crowded places across Europe, the Mumbai police have approached the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Maharashtra government, asking them to secure Marine Drive.
Thousands visit the spot in the morning and evening.
The rush could make the spot a potential target for vehicle attacks -- a strategy adopted by the ISIS of late -- say the police. The most recent was the attack in Barcelona, where a van mowed down pedestrians, killing at least 13 people.
The police want the BMC to either raise the height of the Marine Drive promenade, which would make it difficult for a vehicle to climb on it or to install bollards to cut the speed of the incoming vehicle.
A senior official of the Mumbai police said, We have made certain recommendations and the process to secure Marine Drive is on.”
As a part of securing crowded places ahead of Ganpati, the police have increased patrolling at Marine Drive.
An official of Marine drive police station said people come to visit the spot even at night. “We don’t want to discourage them. We have made arrangements to ensure their safety,” said the official, adding that south Mumbai has always been a target of terror attacks.
Last year during Ganpati, the Mumbai police conducted checks on truck drivers after a terror attack in Nice, France. ISIS had claimed responsibility of the Nice attack last July, when a truck killed 86 people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France.
LUCKNOW Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday evening offered prayers at Mahaparinirvana temple in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh on Buddha Purnima. He visited both --Lumbini (in Nepal), the birthplace and Mahaparinirvan temple (in Kushinagar), the place where Lord Buddha attained 'nirvana', on the same day. He, along with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba, laid the foundation stone of a technologically-advanced India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Lumbini.
Hindutva was “poisonous, vicious and perverted”, indicated that there was no chance of a reconciliation between the two erstwhile partners in the future, Sena mouthpiece Saamana said on Monday. An editorial in the publication also said attempts to underestimate Sena would backfire on the opponents. The editorial also attacked Thackeray.
PUNE Yet another case was registered against Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale, this time by Pimpri-Chinchwad police, for using the signature term of Saint Tukaram, “Tuka Mhane”, while making alleged derogatory statements on social media. The Thane police have registered the first case against the actress for her posts about nCP supremo Sharad Pawar. Nitin Gopal More, 57, a farmer and a member of the Sri Hari Bhakta Parayan organisation of warkaris claimed in his complaint that the actress misused the signature term of the abhanga written by Saint Tukaram.
Acid attack survivors, who are at present running Sheroes Hangout cafe in Agra and Lucknow, will open two kiosks in Noida. The inauguration ceremony will take place at Noida International Stadium on Tuesday. Chief executive officer (CEO), Noida Authority, Ritu Maheshwari will inaugurate the kiosks in the presence of Noida MP Mahesh Sharma, Sheroes beneficiaries and Chhanv Foundation team. Sheroes Hangout Cafe, a rehabilitation project, has been operating in Agra and Lucknow since 2014.
PUNE While cases of tomato flu are currently being reported across various states in India, there are no cluster cases of the disease in Maharashtra as of now, and hence, there is no need to worry, according to the state health department. Recently, Kerala reported at least 82 cases of tomato flu in the Kollam district following which, Tamil Nadu ramped up surveillance for the disease at its border.