Mumbai: The police conducted a two-day mock drill in south Mumbai to not only test the preparedness of the force but also citizens’ alertness. And, the results were an impressive 100%, said a senior police officer.
Suspicious bags containing unconnected wires, batteries, clothes, etc, were abandoned at crowded places near Chowpatty, Opera House, Mumbadevi temple, Zaveri Bazar and Kalbadevi.
Officers said they were satisfied with the citizens’ response. “We have been appealing to the citizens not to touch a suspicious bag or item. We are happy that Mumbaikars showed a sense of responsibility and called up either the police control room or the nearest police station to alert us about the unclaimed bag,” said deputy police commissioner Nisar Ahmed Tamboli.
Talking about the process that followed citizens’ phone calls, Tamboli said, “Our men cordoned off the area and personnel from the bomb detection and disposal squad (BDDS) as well as sniffer dogs were summoned. The bags were sniffed by the dogs before the BDDS officials opened them. Later, the bags were taken to a safe place.”
Citizens were not told that it was a mock drill. “Our aim is to ensure people’s safety. We are taking these measures to make Mumbai secure and safe. Terror attacks have taken place at Zaveri Bazar and near Opera House. Hundreds of people lost their lives. We are conducting the mock drills to prevent such attacks from taking place,” said an officer.
The Times of India, July 17, 2013