In a drill that exposed the lack of security at one of Mumbai’s popular malls, an undercover policeman managed to sneak into the Kurla-based Pheonix Market City mall with explosives.
From the time 1993 Mumbai bomb blast convict Yakub Memom has been sentenced to death, cops in the city have beefed up security and have been taking extra measure in order to prevent bomb blasts and riot-like conditions. But the ease with which the cop entered the mall in the Mumbai suburb is a cause of concern.
The Ghatkopar police have registered a case against Pheonix Market City mall authorities and security team over the lax security arrangements.
Senior police inspector Venkat Patil from Ghatkopar police station said, “We have registered the case against the mall authorities in which we shall be calling the security guard, security in-charge and the mall manager for statements.They will be asked about the security measures maintained by the guards.”
The cops have registered a case under sections 336 (Act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.
However, a senior official stated that several decoys have been dispatched to local malls in order to understand their level of security.
The officer, requesting anonymity, said, “We have identified sensitive locations in Mumbai in which we have deployed both crime branch and local police officials in order to keep regular check with the locations. All these operations are very secretive such that the locals do not understand about the operation and we get to know the activity.”
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