Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cops, elite squads to be on their toes

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: Tight security arrangements have been put in place for Sunday’s marathon. Cops have roped in anti-terror teams and sniffer dogs in view of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 200. 
    “We have stepped up security during the last few days. There will be no relaxation of duties for personnel until the event is over,” said a source.
    Some personnel will be posted on watchtowers and nearly 180 plainclothes policemen will mingle with the crowd and keep an eye out for suspicious objects or miscreants. 
    “We have already got permission to set up CCTV cameras at certain spots, including Azad Maidan, Bandra fire station and the starting and finishing points of the race. Every movement will be monitored,” said a police officer managing the arrangements.
    Nearly 24 quick-response teams (commandos), over a dozen armoured vehicles, sniffer dogs and 13 bulletproof vehicles will be doing the rounds.
    “The special branch personnel will be busy gathering intelligence and we are ready to tackle any situation. We appeal to the citizens to maintain law and order and help us,” an officer said. The police have completed the verification process of more than 1,000 volunteers who will be working during the marathon. 
The Times of India, January 19, 2014

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