Vijay V Singh TNN
Mumbai: Following Indian Mujahideen’s threat to attack Mumbai on July 21 and the serial blasts at Bodh Gaya, the city police are going all out to ensure that no area is vulnerable.
Men in khaki have been boarding buses and visiting schools, colleges as well as hospitals, asking people to remain alert and inform them about suspicious activities and persons. Policemen have also been telling citizens what to do in case of a terror strike. “People at hospitals and schools were surprised when we visited them. But we told them that anything can happen anywhere and it’s important for each of us to stay alert and not spread rumours,” a senior officer said.
Mumbai police commissioner Satya Pal Singh called a meeting of officers of the rank of deputy police commissioner and above on Wednesday to discuss the terror alert and assess the force’s preparedness.
After the July 7 Bodh Gaya blasts, IM posted on a micro-blogging site that its next target would be Mumbai. In May, the Western Naval command headquarters had alerted the city police about the threat of a bomb attack on the US consulate here on July 21. Members of a terrorist module busted earlier had told central intelligence agencies about the places they had recced for a strike in Mumbai. The police have since increased security at these places.
“Terrorists mostly target public places to cause maximum damage and get maximum attention. It is not possible for police officers to be present at all the places at all times. It is, therefore, important that citizens remain alert. This will deter the terrorists,” said another officer.
The police have also removed hawkers from vulnerable places and instructed housing societies to deploy private security guards as well as instal CCTV cameras. “We are doing our best to tackle terrorism. At the same time, we expect people’s active participation,” said deputy police commissioner (Zone-9) Chhering Dorje.
Police personnel have been distributing pamphlets listing dos and don’ts (see box) and running ads on cable TV and multiplexes, exhorting citizens to be aware of their sorroundings while travelling in trains and exercise caution. Mock drills are also being conducted.
DOS AND DON’TS
Inform the police about suspicious objects, vehicles and persons
While giving your property out on rent, verify all the details of the lessee
Keep an eye on your surroundings while travelling in train or bus and inform the police if you find any unattended bag Don’t touch unattended suspicious bag/boxes
Don’t create panic and don’t spread rumours
Don’t rent the house to unknown persons
High alert over July 21 terror threat
Tsecurity he state anti agents -terrorism are on high squad alert , the to crime avoid branch any untoward and other incident on July 21. The Western Naval command headquarters had alerted the city police about the threat of a bomb attack on the US consulate on July 21. TOI had reported this in its May 6 edition. The single-page threat letter had “Al-Jihad” written on top. It stated that US consulate officials were the targets. “We shall carry out blasts in public places and railway stations of Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai in July this year,” stated the letter. —Mateen Hafeez
The Times of India, July 20, 2013