Bombay: reinforced security, Gateway, tourist sites closed
After receiving threat messages warning of a 26/11 type attack in the city on Friday eveningMumbai police on Saturday tightened security in the city, coastline and crowded areas, while closing India Gate and other tourist spots.
Mumbai police, who were already on high alert after a yacht was found on Thursday off Raigad with weaponsclosed the India Gate to visitors after 7 p.m. Saturday while stepping up police deployment across the city.
“We had already tightened security at tourist spots including India Gate after the discovery of the yacht…After today’s threat, we have closed India Gate and other tourist sites after 7 p.m.,” a police officer said.
Sources said all police teams including the Mumbai Criminal Police Branch and Counter Terrorism Squad have been put on alert. Additional forces such as bomb detection and disposal teams, dog teams and state reserve police forces were also put on alert.
“CCTV footage is scanned and surveillance is maintained on movement in public places. The situation is under control,” the officer said.
Police said central and state agencies had been notified of the threats. In addition, the railway police have been put on alert while the deployment has been reinforced in the stations.
At around 11:35 p.m. on Friday, the Mumbai traffic police hotline had received messages on its WhatsApp number claiming that an attack would soon be carried out in the city to revive the memories of the 26/11 attacks in 2008.
Police said the messages warned that the attack would be carried out by certain people and that “preparations are underway to blow up” the metropolis.
Speaking to the media, Mumbai Police Commissioner, Vivek Phansalkar said, “Last night at around 11:35 p.m., one of the Mumbai Traffic Police control room phone numbers received messages related to terrorism. At first glance, the number appears to be from Pakistan. The messages mention a terrorist threat in Mumbai. Some of the numbers mentioned in the messages are being verified.
“All agencies including Mumbai Police, its Criminal Branch and Maharashtra ATS are investigating the matter. We check the numbers in those chats,” he added. Phansalkar further said, “We want to assure people that the Mumbai Police do not take such calls lightly.
We take this very seriously and ensure that no harm is done to anyone. »