Anti-Terrorism Week was observed by the Navi Mumbai Police Commissionarate last week for spreading awareness and appealing citizens to remain alert against terror. As part of the various activates conducted in this regard, this formation depicting the Tricolour was formed by a city-based dance institute at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in CBD Belapur. The formation included 2,700 students. It is a step in the right direction to make the people understand about the possible terror attack and how to overcome such ticklish situation. Navi Mumbai Police has taken the task in right earnest and displayed posters about the need to enlighten the people the threat of terror activities and how to overcome it. People were aware of the 26/11 attack and its repercussions. No one is there to pity the martyrs in the name of terrorism. The Jawans who take care of our borders have not been provided the best accommodation and they are sleeping on the streets. The victims kin and kith could not get the funds allotted to them by the State and Central Government. They suffer in harness and face a precarious situation. So, awareness about the terror attacks and its implications is the need of the hour. Navi Mumbai should not lag behind in the steps taken in preventing terror attack and Navi Mumbai Police made a good beginning and people should adhere to the guidelines and instructions and co-operate with police department if we find any suspicion in the movement and in the activities of the certain strata of invaders.
Recently a pilot’s warning about spotting para gliders in the airspace around the Juhu airport has resulted in a security scare. The pilot, who was taxiing towards the main runway from the hangar with 11 passengers and a co-pilot as he saw six para gliders at an altitude of 1,000 to 1,500 feet above sea level. He aborted take off to his offshore location and alerted Air Traffic Control (ATC), saying the gliders were in the airspace roughly above the JW Marriott. So, Maharashtra government has beefed up security at vital installations in Mumbai, places of worship and those frequented by tourists as per instructions from the Union Home ministry after the terror attack at the Pathankot Air base in Punjab. A threat alert from Delhi has placed anti-terror agencies in Maharashtra on their toes. It is time to beef up security and do a world of good to safeguard airports and other prime targets in the city.
In the past, owing to terror strikes, it has become clear that the main cities were targeted by the terrorists. Like in the 26/11 Mumbai blasts, a big number of lives have been lost and properties destroyed. These terrorists mostly focus on crowded places, spots where a foreign dignitary is paying a visit or at religious centres. Such incidents create a sense of insecurity among citizens. To prevent such untoward incidents and for creating awareness among the residents of Vashi, Police department had organized ‘Anti-Terrorism Week’ for the second time. Last year, the event was held from March 12-17 and we hope to make a significant move in paying heed to the fear of terrorism among the people of satellite city.
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