Stay alert, stay safe

27 December,2010 07:14 AM IST |   |  A Correspondent

Police have appealed to Mumbaikars to tread cautiously as the city is on high alert; being aware will help citizens as well as officials in averting mishaps around the end of the year festive season

Police have appealed to Mumbaikars to tread cautiously as the city is on high alert; being aware will help citizens as well as officials in averting mishaps around the end of the year festive season

Christmas just got over and New Year beckons this weekend and amid celebrations, the city has been put on a high alert.

The city police have increased security across the city and it is important for Mumbaikars to tread cautiously.

With city police resorting to community policing by appealing to citizens to be more watchful, it is our duty to stay alert and inform the police if we find anything amiss.

Last week, the police issued an alert that four suspected terrorists have sneaked into the city to cause mayhem during the New Year celebrations.

The police say the four terrorists Abdul Kareem Moosa, Noor Abu Ilahi, Walid Jinnah and Mahfooz Alam are all alleged members of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

The police have appealed to citizens to come forward with any information related to the suspects.

In September too, the police had released the pictures of Kalimuddin Khan alias Rameshwar Pandit, allegedly a Bangladeshi, and Hafiz Khijir Ulla Sarif, a Pakistani, a day before Ganesh Chaturthi, warning the citizens that the duo had entered the city and could launch terror attacks in the city.

"We appeal to citizens to come forth with any information, if they spot any of the suspects anywhere," said Himanshu Roy, Joint Commissioner of Police, (Crime).

"We have also started a dedicated telephone line for the same."

The citizens need to be alert of the surroundings and aware of any suspicious activities taking place around them.
"Participation from citizens will be a great help and we can ensure more safety to Mumbaikars," said a senior police official.

Issuing a guideline, the police appealed to citizens to look out for unclaimed baggage, suspicious movements by people, and keep a watchful eye in crowded places.

Here*s how you can do it:

[1] Be vigilant at public places, including in trains, buses, railway platforms and airports: Always stay alert. There have been many cases where terrorists have targetted innocent passengers by planting explosives in luggage kept inside the trains. Also, be conscious about people around you and look for any suspicious movements.

[2] Look for unclaimed baggage: Watch out for any bag left behind in trains and buses. If you find any unusual activity, inform local police immediately.

[3] Be careful when you talk on your mobile. Also, pay attention while others are talking on mobile phones if you sense anything suspicious.

[4] Tip off cops. Your tip-offs can help the police in prevention of crime and also in investigation. You can tip them off regarding:

a) Description of an accused/suspects

b) Registration number and description of any vehicle involved in the commission of crime and the direction in which it departed after the crime.

c) A vehicle that has been abandoned at a public place for a long time

d) Information about weapons being sold or procuredu00a0

e) Information about explosives or IEDs

f) Information about contrabands

[5] If you are a youngster, inform your parents about any unusual thing that you spot in your locality. Elders can then approach the local police station.

Where can you call?
100, 2262 0111, 2263 3333 (you can call on this number without revealing your identity)

Terror Toll

270 People died and over 800 civilians were injured as a series of co-ordinated bombs went off in parts of South Mumbai on March 12, 1993.

209 Commuters lost their lives and over 700 were injured when seven explosive devices went off in the first-class bogies of the Western Railway network on July 11, 2006.

175 People lost their lives and over 300 were injured as terrorists CST and South Mumbai hotels on
November 26, 2008
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