After threat call, Haj House gets cop cover

Oct 02, 2012, 06:46 IST | Akela

Security beefed up after anonymous caller warns of disastrous occurrences on building premises

Two days after an anonymous caller rang at the Haj House and told one of its employees that threat was looming large over the multi-storeyed structure, the building has been provided with round-the-clock police cover. 

Police personnel ask a visitor to pass through the metal detector
On guard: Police personnel ask a visitor to pass through the metal detector installed on building’s premises. Pics/Bipin Kokate

In addition, metal detectors were installed on the building’s premises to screen visitors.

Police personnel were deployed at the house after Haj House Deputy Chief Executive Officer approached several high-ranking police officials and lodged a complaint against the caller.

The Haj House officials said the office received a call on September 29 around 6.15 pm and the caller said that the house was at risk and something disastrous could happen on the building’s premises between October 1 and October 10.

When the employee, who answered the call, asked the caller for his identity, he replied, “Tumko kya lene dena (It’s none of your business), ” and disconnected the call.

“Since we do not have a caller ID on our landline, we could not trace the call. We lodged a complaint with the Commissioner of Police, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, the Assistant Commissioner of Police and the MRA Marg police station officials,” said Asmat Parkar, Haj House Protocol in-charge. “We demanded security cover for the building and the police administration gave it to us without any delay. Earlier, the administration had asked us to take police cover, but we didn’t take it seriously.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Ravindra Sisve said there was no threat to the Haj House.

“We have provided security at the building, the way we provide during Ganeshotsav and visarjan. Our officials have been placed to ensure that everything functions smoothly at the house, as more and more pilgrims will now be flocking the building to embark on their pilgrimage,” said Sisve.

Did you know?
>> A 19-storeyed structure, the Haj House is a located near Commissioner of Police office in South Mumbai
>> Every year the building provides accommodation to Haj pilgrims
>> This year devotees from the city will embark on their pilgrimage from October 6 

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