IAF air strike: Mumbai on high alert, government asks schools to exercise caution

Updated: Feb 27, 2019, 18:23 IST | ANI

After intelligence informed Mumbai police to be on high alert, the vigilance and CCTV surveillance has been increased in places like the airport, railway stations, and other key locations

IAF air strike: Mumbai on high alert, government asks schools to exercise caution
Gurukul art students celebrate after Indian Air Force's major preemptive strike in Balakot on Jaish-e-Mohammed's camps, in Mumbai. Pic/PTI

In the wake of air strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on terror camps in Pakistan's Balakot, the Maharashtra government has called for office bearers of the School & Co. Bus Owner's Association to ensure the safety of school children keeping the prevailing situation in mind.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the state legislature that security has been tightened across the city and appealed to people not to panic.

After intelligence informed Mumbai police to be on high alert, the vigilance and CCTV surveillance has been increased in places like the airport, railway stations, and other key locations.

This comes hours after India carried out air strikes at a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Balakot in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, eliminating a 'large number' of terrorists, including top commanders, according to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.

Balakot camp was sitting duck target for IAF, 350 terrorists killed while sleeping

The terror camp, located in a thick forest area atop a hill, was led by Ustad Gauri, brother-in-law of JeM chief Masood Azhar, Gokhale said, making a statement before the media, hours after the air strikes using Mirage 2000 were carried out.

In retaliation, Pakistan violated ceasefire in a number of places along the LoC. Heavy shelling was also reported in the region.

Maharashtra is on high alert. All the unit commanders in the state are given instructions to follow the high alert SOP. Local police stations have been asked to keep the informer network active. Coastal line is being especially monitored. Nakabandi across the state, security deployment has been increased.

Maharashtra Police appealed to the citizens to remain aware of their surroundings and report every suspicious activity.

(with inputs from Faizan Khan)

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