City cops: Stay alert, stay safe

26 December,2010 08:11 AM IST |   |  Sayed Roshan

Police stations up security in their vicinties following LeT terror threat

Police stations up security in their vicinties following LeT terror threat

Reeling under the end-of-the-year terror threat following the entry of four Laskar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants into the city, police stations across the city, especially in Bandra and South Mumbai, areas that are prime targets, have been communicating with commercial enterprises as well as residents of their areas about the importance of staying alert.

Cops at Bandra Police Station sit under the *Kaide mein raho toh faide mein rahoge* poster at the reception. PIC/ Pradeep Dhivar

In addition to public safety measures like flag marches (where sensitive areas are patrolled by a police contingent on foot) police have also taken to issuing circulars with guidelines to supervisors and watchmen at buildings in the vicinity. At Bandra Police Station, a notice board at the reception carries the message *Kaide mein rahoge toh faide mein rahoge" meaning *stay within the law and you will be safe*.

This increased security follows a terror threat during the year-end, confirmed by Intelligence reports. Four members of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) have sneaked into Mumbai recently to carry out "violent" attacks with the aim of causing "destruction", police said on Thursday.

The circular asks citizens to take precautions and inform police control immediately if they see any unclaimed/unidentified articles or suspicious people, among other things. It also advises people to be alert all the time and cooperate with the police. Building watchmen too have been asked to be cautious of who they let in, and building supervisors residents have been asked to keep a registration counter at the entrance, making it mandatory for every visitor entering the building to make an entry. Police may also conduct surprise checks.

A number of CCTV cameras have been installed at Mount Mary Church, St Aloysius Church and St Andrews Church, prominent Bandra landmarks and purported targets of the terrorists. In South Mumbai, police have been personally counselling hoteliers and pub owners. Naka bandis have also been enforced round the clock till January 1, all over the city.

Senior Police Inspector Prakash George of Bandra Police Station said, "These steps have been taken in response to the terror threats received by the Mumbai police. We*re asking people to inform and be faithful to the police, which will help them."
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