After the Bengaluru blast, security has been tightened across Mumbai in order to prevent any untoward incident ahead of the New Year’s eve. Policemen will be keeping a strict vigil on public places like railway stations, bus stops, temples, tourist spots and beaches. The recent Peshawar school attack incident too has forced the police department to deploy extra personnel this time. The Home Ministry already has issued an alert across the nation and major metros like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Kolkata.
Security men will be keeping a close watch on the movement of the people and vehicular traffic. Parking will be banned near important tourist spots due to security reasons. The Mumbai police will demarcate separate places for families at five to six important public places in the city.
The Intelligence Bureau is also believed to have specific inputs of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) team planning a strike in Mumbai. The specific inputs are regarding five SIMI men who are believed to have carried out the Pune blast. The Mumbai Police has sounded an alert to all 93 police stations across the city. They have deployed 93 anti-eve teasing squads all over Mumbai to prevent any molestation, harassment and sexual harassment.
A top source in the Maharashtra anti-terror squad (ATS) had confirmed that a sixth person had joined the 5 SIMI men. The group has managed to evade arrest for almost a year after a daring jail break in October 2013. They are said to have recceed places across the state. However, the investigating agencies have maintained that they are closely monitoring the case.
After Sunday’s blast, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that there is a general alert all over the country against possible terror attacks but specific alert for any particular place or city is given only on the basis of specific inputs.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, said, “We have issued directives to police stations to remain alert after the recent terror incidents. We want to ensure the safety of citizens.”
DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni, spokesperson of the Mumbai Police said, “We have deployed additional personnel and beefed up security at all places in the city. Hand held metal detectors will be given to several policemen who will be keeping a constant watch on the entry and exit points of the stations.”
One person died while another was injured in an explosion triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on Sunday in front of a popular restaurant on a busy road in Bangalore.
The blast occurred around 8.30 pm near Coconut Grove, a famous restaurant on Church Street, close to the fashionable Brigade Road.
A man and a woman were hit by the shrapnels and were rushed to a nearby hospital. The woman identified as Bhavani succumbed to her injuries while the other person is reported to be out of danger.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called up Karnataka Chief Minister S Siddaramaiah and assured him that all help will be given by the Centre.