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Navi Mumbai on high-alert after graffiti messages praising ISIS and Hafiz Saeed found on bridge

Navi Mumbai police are extra vigilant after a message praising terror outfit ISIS, its head Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed appeared on a pillar of a bridge in Uran near Mumbai, an official said.

Locals from nearby Khopta village spotted the message, written with a black marker pen, and alerted police, he said. The message praised Baghdadi as the “most dreaded terrorist of the world”.

On another pillar, a diagram of sorts was found, featuring words such as “port”, “airport'”, “pipeline'”, “train” and crude drawings representing these objects.

Local police as well as officials of Navi Mumbai crime branch and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) visited the spot after learning about the message and drawings, the police official said.

As some important installations are situated in and around Uran, including a naval base, JNPT container port and a power station, the police have increased the security in the area, he said.

According to reports, the suspect is mentally unstable and undergoing psychiatric treatment at DY Patil Hospital. He has already confessed to writing the messages and will be placed under arrest shortly.

“A person was detained and questioned after which he confessed to have scribbled the message on the bridge pillar. He will be placed under arrest shortly,” Navi Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Kumar told the reporters.

Some liquor bottles were also found near the bridge, and the possibility of some drunk person having written the message for the sake of mischief cannot be ruled out, the police officer added.

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