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NSG men put on high alert in Mumbai

Last updated: 24 December, 2010
Mumbai, Dec 24, DH News Service : 22:54 IST

LeT terror threat stalks metropolis

The National Security Guards (NSG) unit here was put on high alert on Friday after news of four Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists sneaking into the metropolis.

Lest past repeats: Tourists being checked outside the Taj Hotel on Friday. ReutersMumbai and Ahmedabad were already on full alert after the Centre’s warning on Tuesday, but the possible threat acquired ominous certainty when the police released names of the terrorists and released sketch of one of them.

The terrorists, who are believed to have entered India from the Bangladesh border a few days ago, were identified as Abdul Kareem Moosa, Noor Abu Ilahi, Mahfooz Alam and Walid Jinnah.

The released sketch of a bearded man was that of Walid, who, the police fear, may have changed his looks.

According to Mumbai’s Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy, all the terrorists are aged between 20-30 years and are foreign nationals, although the name of the country or countries to which they belong are yet to be ascertained.
The information of the plans of the terrorists is “fairly specific” and the “threat is serious”, Roy said. Mumbai Police have formed special cells and will monitor sensitive and likely targets from land, air and sea. These places include those videographed by Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley. A police advisory appealed Mumbaikars to report any suspicious man or activities on 100 or dial 24-hour hotline 022-22633333.

During the Ganesh festival in September, two terrorists identified as Hafiz Sharif and Kalimuddin Khan had entered the city, but the timely action by the police prevented any untoward incident.

Security measures

As a part of security measures, all roads near the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Gateway of India, have been closed for vehicular traffic.

Vehicles belonging to residents of the area have been provided with stickers, like the one issued during US President Barack Obama’s visit, Additional Commissioner of Police Nawal Bajaj said. These restrictions will be in place for the next 15 days and reviewed thereafter. Five jetties with police personnel will be posted near the Gateway of India to monitor and screen vessels coming in from Mandwa and Alibaug.
The Colaba region, where the five star hotel and several popular pubs are located, will be put under CCTV surveillance from December 29, Bajaj said.

The Gateway of India draws maximum crowd on December 31 night for the New Year celebrations.

Plans have been put into motion to install around 15-20 high resolution cameras to track public movement near the area. Also, nearly 1,000 police recruits in plainclothes will mingle with crowds to check incidents of molestation and harassment of women during the New Year celebrations.

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