Traffic jams are a regular feature in Mumbai. However, for the next one month, traffic snarls will get worse as security forces will keep a strict vigil across the city due to the upcoming festivals and state assembly elections. Cops are expected to conduct nakabandis and bandobast until the election results are out.
Wadala Truck Terminus police station and Antop Hill police station staff conduct nakabandi near Aanik bus depot. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar
The Mumbai police have ordered nakabandi and 24 hour checking drive across all sensitive areas of Mumbai including Suman Nagar in Chembur, Dahisar, Sion, Antop Hill and Wadala TT. Cops are also using hand-held cameras to record any untoward incidents.
As part of the drive, officials will check all modes of transport to avoid any untoward incident. Senior police inspector, Suhas Garud, Wadala Truck Terminal police station said, “Vehicles will be checked to curb the entry of money and liquor that is usually brought into the city during elections.”
Commercial vehicles carrying livestock will be inspected to keep a check on the cattle that are brought to the city during Bakri Eid. Joint Commissioner (Traffic) Dr BK Upadhyay said, “We have increased presence of cops at vital junctions and routes especially due to a terror threat. We are also checking the cattle that is taken to Deonar abbatoir.”
The spokesperson of Mumbai police, Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhananjay Kulkarni said, “We have started nakabandis last week. Till October end, our entire force will be on the roads.”
Apart from Mumbai, the police force from its neighbouring towns including Navi Mumbai has also stepped up its checking drives across their vicinity. The zone one DCP office of Navi Mumbai police has ordered strict checking of vehicles in parking lots and entertainment spots including malls and restaurants.
Officials from Vashi police station are examining all four wheelers parked across sector 17, one of the busiest areas in the suburb. An officer from Vashi police station said, “We have alerted restaurant and shop owners to keep an eye on suspicious activities. No vehicle should be allowed to park for a long time in front of busy commercial spots.”